Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

51-4122 Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. Includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
38,530 2.5 % $16.93 $35,220 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.00 $13.38 $16.26 $19.62 $24.01
Annual Wage (2) $22,870 $27,820 $33,810 $40,820 $49,940


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 6,370 1.55 $16.68 $34,700
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 4,490 1.38 $16.16 $33,610
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 3,110 1.56 $18.26 $37,980
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 2,010 0.82 $18.40 $38,260
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 1,840 0.83 $17.48 $36,350

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 1,110 3.37 $18.05 $37,550
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 1,450 1.72 $16.84 $35,020
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 3,110 1.56 $18.26 $37,980
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 6,370 1.55 $16.68 $34,700
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 4,490 1.38 $16.16 $33,610

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 750 0.49 $25.13 $52,280
Scientific Research and Development Services 70 0.01 $23.21 $48,270
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers (8) (8) $20.26 $42,130
Utility System Construction 130 0.03 $20.22 $42,060
Ship and Boat Building 670 0.54 $19.71 $41,000


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ohio 4,610 0.94 3.09 $16.03 $33,350
Indiana 3,130 1.15 3.79 $16.70 $34,730
Michigan 2,240 0.60 1.96 $20.58 $42,820
Illinois 2,030 0.37 1.21 $18.21 $37,880
California 1,920 0.14 0.45 $16.20 $33,690




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Indiana 3,130 1.15 3.79 $16.70 $34,730
Ohio 4,610 0.94 3.09 $16.03 $33,350
Iowa 1,050 0.73 2.41 $16.18 $33,650
Alabama 1,120 0.62 2.05 $15.76 $32,770
Kentucky 1,030 0.60 1.99 $16.37 $34,060




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 170 0.07 0.23 $21.12 $43,940
Michigan 2,240 0.60 1.96 $20.58 $42,820
Arizona 250 0.11 0.35 $19.51 $40,570
New York 1,030 0.12 0.41 $18.90 $39,300
Connecticut 530 0.33 1.10 $18.61 $38,710

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.30 0.97 $18.36 $38,180
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 1,010 1.04 3.44 $15.90 $33,080
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 800 0.32 1.06 $17.23 $35,830
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 680 0.80 2.65 $15.11 $31,440
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 600 0.85 2.79 $19.21 $39,950
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 560 0.58 1.91 $18.14 $37,740
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 560 1.56 5.13 $16.86 $35,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 470 0.12 0.41 $15.61 $32,460
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 420 0.54 1.77 $19.83 $41,240
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 400 0.18 0.59 $16.10 $33,480




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Monroe, MI 210 5.84 19.26 $26.11 $54,300
Dubuque, IA 280 5.36 17.68 $15.65 $32,560
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 360 3.65 12.05 $12.81 $26,640
Bismarck, ND 110 1.80 5.95 $21.63 $44,990
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 100 1.63 5.36 $22.12 $46,010
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 560 1.56 5.13 $16.86 $35,060
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 170 1.51 4.99 $15.39 $32,020
Anniston-Oxford, AL 70 1.49 4.93 $18.07 $37,580
Springfield, OH 70 1.46 4.80 $25.42 $52,880
Canton-Massillon, OH 200 1.24 4.10 $14.28 $29,690




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Monroe, MI 210 5.84 19.26 $26.11 $54,300
Springfield, OH 70 1.46 4.80 $25.42 $52,880
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.16 0.53 $23.52 $48,930
Baltimore-Towson, MD 120 0.10 0.32 $23.00 $47,840
St. Louis, MO-IL 250 0.20 0.65 $22.21 $46,190
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 100 1.63 5.36 $22.12 $46,010
Bismarck, ND 110 1.80 5.95 $21.63 $44,990
Racine, WI 30 0.43 1.42 $21.33 $44,360
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 50 0.36 1.18 $20.74 $43,130
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $20.55 $42,740

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 860 3.97 13.09 $15.25 $31,710
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 560 2.15 7.11 $15.90 $33,070
Northwest Indiana nonmetropolitan area 280 1.93 6.38 $17.61 $36,640
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 260 1.75 5.76 $17.99 $37,420
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 260 1.18 3.89 $16.95 $35,260

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 860 3.97 13.09 $15.25 $31,710
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 560 2.15 7.11 $15.90 $33,070
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 180 2.02 6.65 $15.89 $33,060
Northwest Indiana nonmetropolitan area 280 1.93 6.38 $17.61 $36,640
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 260 1.75 5.76 $17.99 $37,420

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.43 $42,490
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.58 $38,650
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.66 2.16 $18.46 $38,390
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.64 $18.30 $38,060
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.56 1.85 $18.25 $37,960


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011