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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
410,750 0.9 % $21.73 $45,190 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.17 $16.80 $20.43 $25.17 $30.89
Annual Wage (2) $29,470 $34,930 $42,490 $52,350 $64,240


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)
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 71,030 14.46 $20.47 $42,570
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 59,520 7.91 $20.76 $43,180
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 24,370 5.02 $20.15 $41,910
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 22,520 13.70 $19.16 $39,860
Employment Services 16,880 0.46 $20.49 $42,610

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 3,590 15.45 $20.66 $42,980
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 71,030 14.46 $20.47 $42,570
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 22,520 13.70 $19.16 $39,860
Ship and Boat Building 12,890 9.16 $24.54 $51,050
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 59,520 7.91 $20.76 $43,180

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 60 0.01 $42.84 $89,110
Natural Gas Distribution 670 0.61 $38.76 $80,620
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,260 0.33 $37.62 $78,260
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 920 0.82 $31.68 $65,900
Other Pipeline Transportation 40 0.49 $31.15 $64,780


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 50,790 4.09 1.46 $22.57 $46,940
California 28,980 1.67 0.60 $23.03 $47,910
Ohio 18,500 3.40 1.21 $20.22 $42,060
Pennsylvania 17,430 2.95 1.06 $21.38 $44,480
Indiana 16,550 5.38 1.93 $20.27 $42,160




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 2,040 7.48 2.67 $29.64 $61,650
South Dakota 3,130 7.37 2.63 $18.97 $39,450
Oklahoma 11,390 7.04 2.52 $20.96 $43,600
Louisiana 12,820 6.67 2.38 $25.72 $53,490
Wisconsin 15,730 5.48 1.96 $21.99 $45,740




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 570 1.81 0.65 $32.09 $66,740
District of Columbia 80 0.11 0.04 $30.76 $63,980
Hawaii 530 0.83 0.30 $29.73 $61,830
Wyoming 2,040 7.48 2.67 $29.64 $61,650
New Mexico 2,080 2.53 0.90 $27.28 $56,740





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 18,610 6.10 2.18 $24.43 $50,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 9,680 1.55 0.55 $21.47 $44,660
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 8,890 2.43 0.87 $19.83 $41,250
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,390 1.58 0.56 $21.87 $45,490
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,330 0.76 0.27 $25.43 $52,900
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,600 2.04 0.73 $19.31 $40,160
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 4,890 2.47 0.88 $20.89 $43,450
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,700 2.38 0.85 $23.77 $49,450
Tulsa, OK 4,310 9.71 3.47 $21.54 $44,810
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 4,190 4.89 1.75 $22.98 $47,800