Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
352,250 0.9 % $18.80 $39,110 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.01 $14.51 $17.66 $21.94 $27.46
Annual Wage (2) $24,990 $30,180 $36,720 $45,640 $57,120


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 41,770 12.02 $17.19 $35,760
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 25,230 10.08 $17.99 $37,420
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 16,710 12.63 $16.48 $34,280
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 16,020 8.16 $18.66 $38,800
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 15,770 6.19 $18.26 $37,980

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 4,510 19.01 $17.54 $36,480
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 14,620 14.99 $18.10 $37,640
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 16,710 12.63 $16.48 $34,280
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 41,770 12.02 $17.19 $35,760
Ship and Boat Building 14,300 10.94 $19.92 $41,440

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 0.30 $32.00 $66,550
Natural Gas Distribution 1,030 0.95 $29.87 $62,130
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 60 0.06 $28.88 $60,080
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 80 (7) $27.88 $57,990
Postal Service 40 0.01 $27.02 $56,200


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 47,040 4.31 1.62 $19.04 $39,590
California 22,930 1.56 0.59 $20.12 $41,850
Pennsylvania 16,920 3.01 1.13 $18.76 $39,020
Louisiana 14,770 7.83 2.95 $20.69 $43,040
Illinois 14,440 2.53 0.95 $18.14 $37,730




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 2,310 8.28 3.12 $23.59 $49,070
Louisiana 14,770 7.83 2.95 $20.69 $43,040
South Dakota 2,890 7.18 2.70 $15.57 $32,380
North Dakota 2,950 6.97 2.62 $23.54 $48,960
Oklahoma 10,560 6.77 2.55 $18.31 $38,070




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 2.18 0.82 $33.05 $68,750
Hawaii 410 0.67 0.25 $30.17 $62,750
District of Columbia 60 0.10 0.04 $26.59 $55,310
Wyoming 2,310 8.28 3.12 $23.59 $49,070
North Dakota 2,950 6.97 2.62 $23.54 $48,960





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 16,250 5.89 2.22 $20.60 $42,840
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 6,400 1.73 0.65 $18.09 $37,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,370 1.35 0.51 $18.60 $38,690
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,690 2.18 0.82 $17.25 $35,880
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,190 2.34 0.88 $20.82 $43,310
Tulsa, OK 4,180 9.91 3.73 $19.85 $41,280
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 3,330 3.65 1.37 $17.08 $35,520
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,290 1.43 0.54 $17.77 $36,950
Pittsburgh, PA 3,240 2.86 1.08 $18.87 $39,240
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 3,060 3.76 1.42 $20.54 $42,720