Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
386,240 0.9 % $19.70 $40,970 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.47 $15.18 $18.34 $23.01 $28.85
Annual Wage (2) $25,940 $31,570 $38,150 $47,860 $60,000


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 47,080 12.78 $18.20 $37,850
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 24,260 9.76 $18.59 $38,670
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 18,770 12.85 $16.95 $35,260
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 17,430 6.52 $18.81 $39,130
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 16,160 7.83 $19.64 $40,850

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 15,910 16.20 $18.93 $39,380
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 3,760 13.44 $19.10 $39,730
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 18,770 12.85 $16.95 $35,260
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 47,080 12.78 $18.20 $37,850
Ship and Boat Building 14,820 10.70 $21.33 $44,380

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 1,240 0.31 $34.41 $71,570
Natural Gas Distribution 860 0.76 $33.18 $69,010
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 40 0.35 $29.57 $61,500
Other Pipeline Transportation 40 0.52 $29.16 $60,650
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 40 0.04 $28.89 $60,090


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 55,020 4.75 1.70 $20.95 $43,580
California 27,070 1.75 0.62 $20.66 $42,970
Pennsylvania 18,060 3.16 1.13 $19.48 $40,510
Louisiana 16,690 8.61 3.07 $21.33 $44,370
Ohio 16,340 3.09 1.10 $18.29 $38,030



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 16,690 8.61 3.07 $21.33 $44,370
Wyoming 2,260 7.98 2.85 $26.92 $55,990
South Dakota 3,280 7.94 2.83 $16.79 $34,930
Oklahoma 10,640 6.66 2.38 $19.21 $39,960
Mississippi 6,740 6.09 2.17 $20.04 $41,680



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 780 2.38 0.85 $33.46 $69,590
Hawaii 530 0.86 0.31 $29.47 $61,300
District of Columbia 60 0.09 0.03 $27.76 $57,740
Wyoming 2,260 7.98 2.85 $26.92 $55,990
North Dakota 2,710 6.05 2.16 $25.53 $53,100




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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 18,150 6.20 2.21 $23.06 $47,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,740 1.64 0.59 $19.28 $40,090
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 6,420 2.76 0.98 $17.78 $36,970
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 6,300 1.76 0.63 $18.75 $38,990
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,510 2.40 0.86 $21.16 $44,010
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,210 1.70 0.61 $16.97 $35,290
Tulsa, OK 4,150 9.56 3.41 $20.02 $41,650
Baton Rouge, LA 3,970 10.14 3.62 $21.59 $44,910
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 3,800 3.90 1.39 $19.10 $39,730
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,750 2.00 0.71 $19.42 $40,380