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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

51-4122 Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. Includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.


National estimates for Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Industry profile for Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Geographic profile for Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

National estimates for Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
33,150 3.1 % $ 19.86 $ 41,320 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.46 $ 15.69 $ 18.95 $ 23.44 $ 28.20
Annual Wage (2) $ 27,990 $ 32,630 $ 39,410 $ 48,750 $ 58,660


Industry profile for Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 5,530 0.77 $ 19.82 $ 41,220
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 4,900 1.03 $ 18.24 $ 37,940
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 4,770 1.01 $ 20.33 $ 42,280
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 2,040 0.45 $ 18.65 $ 38,800
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 1,450 0.98 $ 18.66 $ 38,810

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 530 2.45 $ 19.71 $ 41,000
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 4,900 1.03 $ 18.24 $ 37,940
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 4,770 1.01 $ 20.33 $ 42,280
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 1,450 0.98 $ 18.66 $ 38,810
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 5,530 0.77 $ 19.82 $ 41,220

Top paying industries for Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 40 0.01 $ 37.16 $ 77,290
Ship and Boat Building (8) (8) $ 28.75 $ 59,790
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 1,410 0.65 $ 26.16 $ 54,410
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 310 0.03 $ 26.08 $ 54,250
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction (8) (8) $ 24.90 $ 51,780


Geographic profile for Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 2,870 0.73 3.07 $ 19.39 $ 40,330
Texas 2,430 0.20 0.84 $ 18.30 $ 38,070
California 2,340 0.14 0.60 $ 20.72 $ 43,090
Indiana 2,270 0.78 3.26 $ 17.68 $ 36,770
Tennessee 2,210 0.76 3.19 $ 18.70 $ 38,890




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa 1,410 0.96 4.03 $ 20.05 $ 41,700
South Dakota 390 0.96 4.03 $ 21.48 $ 44,680
Kentucky 1,680 0.94 3.95 $ 24.02 $ 49,970
Indiana 2,270 0.78 3.26 $ 17.68 $ 36,770
Tennessee 2,210 0.76 3.19 $ 18.70 $ 38,890




Top paying states for Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 50 0.17 0.71 $ 29.39 $ 61,140
Maryland 170 0.07 0.29 $ 24.17 $ 50,270
Kentucky 1,680 0.94 3.95 $ 24.02 $ 49,970
Massachusetts 990 0.30 1.24 $ 24.00 $ 49,920
Minnesota 1,270 0.47 1.97 $ 23.44 $ 48,760





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 1,410 0.79 3.32 $ 21.08 $ 43,850
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,110 0.19 0.80 $ 19.56 $ 40,690
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 900 0.21 0.87 $ 17.15 $ 35,670
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 850 0.33 1.37 $ 23.27 $ 48,400
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 850 0.46 1.92 $ 24.16 $ 50,250
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 710 0.20 0.83 $ 17.57 $ 36,550
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 630 0.21 0.89 $ 19.08 $ 39,680
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 610 0.07 0.29 $ 22.13 $ 46,020
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 520 0.52 2.18 $ 17.46 $ 36,330
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 520 0.51 2.14 $ 18.19 $ 37,830




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Columbus, IN 110 2.36 9.88 $ 18.88 $ 39,270
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 170 2.06 8.64 $ 19.56 $ 40,680
Muskegon, MI 90 1.68 7.04 $ 21.15 $ 44,000
Roanoke, VA 210 1.44 6.04 $ 21.63 $ 44,980
Dubuque, IA 70 1.33 5.56 $ 20.17 $ 41,950
Chattanooga, TN-GA 290 1.19 5.01 $ 21.03 $ 43,740
Bowling Green, KY 80 1.15 4.81 $ 17.81 $ 37,040
Jackson, MI 50 1.03 4.32 $ 17.82 $ 37,070
Erie, PA 110 0.98 4.12 $ 21.37 $ 44,440
Rochester, MN 110 0.95 3.98 $ 21.16 $ 44,010




Top paying metropolitan areas for Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Springfield, MA-CT 90 0.30 1.26 $ 30.85 $ 64,160
Greeley, CO 60 0.59 2.48 $ 30.13 $ 62,670
Wichita, KS (8) (8) (8) $ 27.50 $ 57,200
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 120 0.09 0.40 $ 26.78 $ 55,710
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 170 0.15 0.64 $ 25.11 $ 52,220
Fresno, CA 40 0.11 0.47 $ 24.26 $ 50,450
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 850 0.46 1.92 $ 24.16 $ 50,250
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 120 0.11 0.44 $ 23.95 $ 49,810
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 850 0.33 1.37 $ 23.27 $ 48,400
Akron, OH 180 0.58 2.42 $ 22.77 $ 47,360

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 330 2.61 10.96 $ 21.71 $ 45,160
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 320 1.56 6.53 $ 19.11 $ 39,740
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 310 3.21 13.45 $ 20.70 $ 43,070
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 300 1.99 8.34 $ 16.73 $ 34,790
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 260 1.17 4.92 $ 21.15 $ 43,990

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 310 3.21 13.45 $ 20.70 $ 43,070
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 330 2.61 10.96 $ 21.71 $ 45,160
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 250 2.37 9.93 $ 15.56 $ 32,360
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 300 1.99 8.34 $ 16.73 $ 34,790
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 240 1.92 8.05 $ 19.42 $ 40,390

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.66 2.77 $ 24.22 $ 50,370
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 100 0.57 2.39 $ 23.03 $ 47,910
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 22.30 $ 46,390
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 21.79 $ 45,330
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 330 2.61 10.96 $ 21.71 $ 45,160


About May 2020 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021