Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
329,710 0.9 % $18.46 $38,410 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.88 $14.29 $17.45 $21.62 $26.99
Annual Wage (2) $24,720 $29,730 $36,300 $44,970 $56,130


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 38,840 11.44 $16.98 $35,310
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 21,990 9.06 $17.45 $36,290
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 15,930 13.20 $16.07 $33,420
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 15,480 8.13 $18.29 $38,040
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 14,410 5.81 $17.82 $37,060

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 3,620 16.45 $16.73 $34,810
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 13,420 14.26 $18.11 $37,670
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 15,930 13.20 $16.07 $33,420
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 38,840 11.44 $16.98 $35,310
Ship and Boat Building 13,420 10.66 $19.69 $40,960

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,290 0.32 $30.21 $62,850
Scheduled Air Transportation 100 0.02 $28.50 $59,280
Natural Gas Distribution 790 0.74 $28.37 $59,000
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 90 0.09 $28.30 $58,870
Metal Ore Mining 270 0.63 $27.47 $57,140


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 46,760 4.42 1.75 $18.32 $38,100
California 21,410 1.50 0.59 $19.52 $40,600
Pennsylvania 14,980 2.68 1.06 $18.11 $37,670
Louisiana 13,730 7.35 2.90 $20.20 $42,010
Ohio 13,010 2.57 1.02 $17.69 $36,800




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)
Wyoming 2,360 8.49 3.36 $23.14 $48,130
Louisiana 13,730 7.35 2.90 $20.20 $42,010
North Dakota 2,910 7.21 2.85 $21.87 $45,500
South Dakota 2,700 6.77 2.67 $15.12 $31,440
Oklahoma 9,660 6.32 2.50 $17.75 $36,910




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 690 2.16 0.85 $33.36 $69,390
Hawaii 440 0.74 0.29 $28.09 $58,430
District of Columbia 60 0.08 0.03 $27.20 $56,580
Wyoming 2,360 8.49 3.36 $23.14 $48,130
Maryland 2,460 0.98 0.39 $22.17 $46,110





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 16,420 6.22 2.46 $19.37 $40,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,410 1.40 0.55 $17.58 $36,570
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,410 1.49 0.59 $18.91 $39,340
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,430 2.11 0.83 $17.93 $37,300
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 3,900 4.44 1.75 $15.87 $33,000
Tulsa, OK 3,790 9.16 3.62 $19.55 $40,650
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,560 2.03 0.80 $20.37 $42,370
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,130 1.39 0.55 $17.48 $36,350
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 3,050 3.78 1.50 $19.81 $41,210
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 3,050 4.25 1.68 $20.29 $42,200