Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.


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)
316,290 0.8 % $18.23 $37,920 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.78 $14.12 $17.27 $21.35 $26.56
Annual Wage (2) $24,490 $29,370 $35,920 $44,410 $55,240


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)
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 38,850 11.95 $16.81 $34,960
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 20,400 9.44 $17.55 $36,500
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 14,540 7.96 $18.08 $37,600
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 13,700 5.87 $17.58 $36,560
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 13,550 11.72 $15.82 $32,900

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 12,080 14.03 $17.65 $36,700
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 2,630 13.80 $15.95 $33,170
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 38,850 11.95 $16.81 $34,960
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 13,550 11.72 $15.82 $32,900
Ship and Boat Building 12,010 9.70 $19.41 $40,370

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports 80 0.07 $32.23 $67,040
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,410 0.36 $29.38 $61,110
Natural Gas Distribution 800 0.74 $28.66 $59,620
Scheduled Air Transportation 110 0.03 $28.34 $58,950
Postal Service 50 0.01 $26.59 $55,310


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)
Texas 42,970 4.17 1.69 $18.05 $37,550
California 20,160 1.44 0.58 $19.30 $40,140
Pennsylvania 14,750 2.66 1.08 $18.04 $37,530
Illinois 13,950 2.50 1.01 $18.09 $37,640
Louisiana 13,190 7.17 2.91 $20.20 $42,020




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)
Louisiana 13,190 7.17 2.91 $20.20 $42,020
Wyoming 1,880 6.88 2.79 $23.64 $49,160
Oklahoma 10,160 6.78 2.75 $17.76 $36,950
South Dakota 2,650 6.74 2.73 $15.05 $31,290
North Dakota 2,390 6.43 2.61 $20.27 $42,160




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 680 2.16 0.87 $32.68 $67,980
Hawaii 510 0.88 0.36 $27.17 $56,510
District of Columbia 120 0.18 0.07 $25.00 $52,000
Wyoming 1,880 6.88 2.79 $23.64 $49,160
Nevada 1,330 1.19 0.48 $21.75 $45,240





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 15,020 5.89 2.39 $19.46 $40,470
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,990 1.67 0.68 $18.45 $38,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,420 1.42 0.58 $18.06 $37,560
Tulsa, OK 4,060 9.96 4.04 $18.61 $38,710
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,050 1.98 0.80 $17.13 $35,630
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,590 2.10 0.85 $20.74 $43,150
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 3,400 3.98 1.61 $15.73 $32,710
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 3,110 3.00 1.22 $18.97 $39,470
Pittsburgh, PA 2,910 2.61 1.06 $17.21 $35,810
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,900 5.69 2.31 $20.74 $43,130