Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
369,610 0.9 % $19.25 $40,040 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.26 $14.85 $17.99 $22.50 $28.17
Annual Wage (2) $25,510 $30,890 $37,420 $46,810 $58,590


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 44,480 12.48 $17.65 $36,710
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 25,190 10.01 $18.23 $37,910
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 18,030 12.98 $16.89 $35,140
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 16,630 6.42 $18.57 $38,620
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 16,400 8.21 $19.16 $39,840

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 14,380 14.77 $18.73 $38,950
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 3,310 13.15 $18.71 $38,920
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 18,030 12.98 $16.89 $35,140
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 44,480 12.48 $17.65 $36,710
Ship and Boat Building 15,490 11.49 $20.54 $42,710

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 1,150 0.29 $33.23 $69,120
Natural Gas Distribution 890 0.81 $32.90 $68,420
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 40 0.40 $29.80 $61,980
Postal Service 40 0.01 $27.88 $57,990
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 30 0.04 $27.88 $57,990


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 52,130 4.64 1.70 $19.66 $40,900
California 25,030 1.66 0.61 $20.45 $42,540
Pennsylvania 17,400 3.08 1.13 $18.93 $39,370
Louisiana 16,610 8.67 3.17 $21.08 $43,840
Ohio 15,560 2.99 1.09 $18.15 $37,750



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 16,610 8.67 3.17 $21.08 $43,840
Wyoming 2,440 8.64 3.16 $25.47 $52,980
South Dakota 2,980 7.27 2.66 $16.09 $33,470
North Dakota 2,980 6.77 2.48 $24.19 $50,310
Oklahoma 10,540 6.68 2.44 $18.64 $38,780



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 700 2.16 0.79 $34.57 $71,910
Hawaii 490 0.80 0.29 $28.42 $59,120
District of Columbia 60 0.10 0.03 $27.59 $57,390
Wyoming 2,440 8.64 3.16 $25.47 $52,980
North Dakota 2,980 6.77 2.48 $24.19 $50,310




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 17,640 6.20 2.27 $20.78 $43,230
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 6,300 1.68 0.61 $18.18 $37,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,230 1.54 0.56 $18.88 $39,280
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,550 2.48 0.91 $17.30 $35,980
Tulsa, OK 4,080 9.54 3.49 $20.19 $41,990
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,910 2.14 0.78 $20.53 $42,700
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 3,680 3.96 1.45 $17.95 $37,330
Pittsburgh, PA 3,500 3.10 1.13 $19.68 $40,930
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,400 1.43 0.52 $17.75 $36,920
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 3,370 3.19 1.17 $20.14 $41,900