Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
382,730 0.9 % $20.41 $42,450 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.88 $15.67 $18.94 $23.82 $29.85
Annual Wage (2) $26,800 $32,590 $39,390 $49,550 $62,100


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 48,370 13.04 $18.86 $39,230
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 21,280 9.92 $19.21 $39,960
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 19,930 13.22 $18.37 $38,200
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 16,970 6.45 $19.26 $40,070
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 15,080 7.42 $20.24 $42,090

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 14,960 16.05 $19.39 $40,330
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 4,140 14.87 $19.71 $41,010
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 19,930 13.22 $18.37 $38,200
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 48,370 13.04 $18.86 $39,230
Ship and Boat Building 13,940 10.24 $22.35 $46,480

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 1,200 0.31 $35.56 $73,970
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 130 0.02 $34.62 $72,000
Natural Gas Distribution 610 0.54 $34.43 $71,620
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 60 0.59 $31.09 $64,660
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 100 0.10 $29.86 $62,120


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 53,790 4.58 1.68 $21.76 $45,250
California 27,440 1.72 0.63 $21.08 $43,840
Ohio 17,280 3.24 1.19 $18.88 $39,260
Pennsylvania 15,820 2.75 1.01 $20.26 $42,150
Louisiana 15,540 8.09 2.97 $22.99 $47,810




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 15,540 8.09 2.97 $22.99 $47,810
Wyoming 2,010 7.27 2.67 $27.59 $57,380
South Dakota 3,020 7.23 2.65 $17.33 $36,040
Oklahoma 9,580 6.04 2.21 $21.17 $44,040
Mississippi 6,280 5.62 2.06 $20.96 $43,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 770 2.37 0.87 $34.11 $70,940
District of Columbia 50 0.07 0.02 $28.63 $59,560
Hawaii 610 0.97 0.36 $27.97 $58,170
Wyoming 2,010 7.27 2.67 $27.59 $57,380
North Dakota 2,200 5.17 1.90 $25.10 $52,210





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 18,140 6.18 2.27 $23.97 $49,860
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 7,060 2.91 1.07 $18.63 $38,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,700 1.59 0.58 $19.54 $40,650
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 5,310 1.46 0.54 $19.56 $40,690
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,550 1.78 0.65 $17.61 $36,620
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,360 2.28 0.84 $21.29 $44,290
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 4,200 4.28 1.57 $19.60 $40,760
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,030 2.08 0.76 $19.95 $41,490
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,010 0.61 0.22 $23.86 $49,630
Baton Rouge, LA 3,920 9.90 3.63 $25.77 $53,590