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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
29,980 3.4 % $ 20.65 $ 42,950 0.8 %

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

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.43 $ 17.32 $ 18.55 $ 23.22 $ 28.71
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,010 $ 36,020 $ 38,580 $ 48,290 $ 59,720


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)
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 4,220 0.78 $ 18.19 $ 37,840
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 4,200 0.60 $ 21.07 $ 43,830
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 3,390 0.73 $ 20.53 $ 42,690
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 2,650 0.59 $ 19.79 $ 41,150
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 2,330 0.95 $ 26.44 $ 54,990

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 200 1.00 $ 21.93 $ 45,610
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 2,330 0.95 $ 26.44 $ 54,990
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 4,220 0.78 $ 18.19 $ 37,840
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 3,390 0.73 $ 20.53 $ 42,690
Household Appliance Manufacturing 420 0.65 $ 16.98 $ 35,320

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)
Ship and Boat Building 60 0.04 $ 30.34 $ 63,110
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 30 (7) $ 26.47 $ 55,050
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 2,330 0.95 $ 26.44 $ 54,990
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing (8) (8) $ 25.75 $ 53,550
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 330 0.07 $ 25.68 $ 53,420


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.



Map of employment of welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders by state, May 2021


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)
Indiana 2,430 0.82 3.83 $ 18.50 $ 38,480
California 2,410 0.15 0.69 $ 22.70 $ 47,210
Michigan 2,260 0.56 2.62 $ 19.30 $ 40,150
Texas 2,230 0.18 0.86 $ 20.84 $ 43,350
Tennessee 2,120 0.71 3.34 $ 18.83 $ 39,170


Map of location quotient of welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders by state, May 2021


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 1,350 0.91 4.28 $ 21.04 $ 43,770
Kentucky 1,550 0.84 3.95 $ 24.68 $ 51,330
Indiana 2,430 0.82 3.83 $ 18.50 $ 38,480
Tennessee 2,120 0.71 3.34 $ 18.83 $ 39,170
Wisconsin 1,580 0.57 2.70 $ 21.35 $ 44,400


Map of annual mean wages of welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders by state, May 2021


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)
Maryland 120 0.05 0.23 $ 27.08 $ 56,330
Kentucky 1,550 0.84 3.95 $ 24.68 $ 51,330
Alaska 60 0.22 1.01 $ 24.48 $ 50,930
Massachusetts 550 0.16 0.76 $ 23.61 $ 49,100
Alabama 1,020 0.53 2.49 $ 23.60 $ 49,080



Map of employment of welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders by area, May 2021


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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 960 0.17 0.78 $ 20.28 $ 42,190
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 660 0.23 1.08 $ 23.34 $ 48,540
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 590 0.32 1.53 $ 20.84 $ 43,350
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 540 0.26 1.20 $ 21.07 $ 43,820
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 530 0.52 2.47 $ 18.45 $ 38,370
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 520 1.02 4.81 $ 19.55 $ 40,660
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 510 0.51 2.41 $ 18.59 $ 38,670
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 500 0.06 0.27 $ 23.15 $ 48,150
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 500 0.51 2.39 $ 20.32 $ 42,270
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 460 0.18 0.84 $ 23.03 $ 47,900


Map of location quotient of welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders by area, May 2021


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)
Jackson, TN 170 2.51 11.81 $ 16.30 $ 33,910
Grand Island, NE 90 2.27 10.68 $ 20.73 $ 43,120
Fond du Lac, WI 90 2.09 9.80 (8) (8)
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 250 1.91 8.95 $ 20.39 $ 42,410
Dubuque, IA 100 1.71 8.02 $ 21.38 $ 44,470
Muskegon, MI 90 1.52 7.14 $ 22.15 $ 46,080
Clarksville, TN-KY 130 1.47 6.90 $ 16.78 $ 34,910
Columbus, IN 70 1.45 6.82 $ 19.94 $ 41,460
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 110 1.37 6.44 $ 20.68 $ 43,000
Morristown, TN 60 1.22 5.76 $ 18.12 $ 37,680


Map of annual mean wages of welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders by area, May 2021


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)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 60 0.05 0.23 $ 33.87 $ 70,440
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 430 0.40 1.89 $ 28.19 $ 58,640
Wichita, KS 50 0.19 0.88 $ 26.93 $ 56,010
Springfield, MA-CT 60 0.19 0.90 $ 25.91 $ 53,890
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 80 0.16 0.74 $ 25.61 $ 53,270
St. Louis, MO-IL 100 0.08 0.37 $ 24.38 $ 50,710
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 350 0.16 0.73 $ 24.34 $ 50,630
Huntsville, AL 220 0.95 4.47 $ 24.23 $ 50,390
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 70 0.03 0.16 $ 23.82 $ 49,540
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 100 0.07 0.32 $ 23.46 $ 48,800

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 570 2.27 10.66 $ 17.68 $ 36,770
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 530 3.53 16.57 $ 18.99 $ 39,490
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 340 1.64 7.72 $ 19.38 $ 40,300
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 290 1.46 6.84 $ 20.46 $ 42,550
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 290 1.30 6.11 $ 17.02 $ 35,410

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)
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 530 3.53 16.57 $ 18.99 $ 39,490
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 570 2.27 10.66 $ 17.68 $ 36,770
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 190 1.69 7.94 $ 16.40 $ 34,110
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 340 1.64 7.72 $ 19.38 $ 40,300
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 270 1.46 6.87 $ 15.21 $ 31,640

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 60 0.49 2.30 $ 25.01 $ 52,020
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 24.16 $ 50,250
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.35 1.65 $ 23.25 $ 48,350
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 170 1.30 6.12 $ 23.07 $ 47,980
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.34 1.59 $ 22.46 $ 46,720


About May 2021 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022