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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
Industry profile for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
Geographic profile for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

National estimates for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
397,550 0.9 % $ 22.45 $ 46,690 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.73 $ 17.37 $ 21.25 $ 25.88 $ 31.85
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,640 $ 36,140 $ 44,190 $ 53,820 $ 66,250


Industry profile for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 68,560 14.48 $ 21.05 $ 43,780
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 58,760 8.17 $ 21.45 $ 44,610
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 22,610 5.00 $ 20.85 $ 43,370
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 21,420 14.57 $ 19.80 $ 41,180
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 14,910 1.61 $ 23.81 $ 49,520

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 3,450 15.99 $ 22.68 $ 47,170
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 21,420 14.57 $ 19.80 $ 41,180
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 68,560 14.48 $ 21.05 $ 43,780
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 3,040 9.43 $ 23.50 $ 48,880
Ship and Boat Building 12,550 9.15 $ 25.35 $ 52,720

Top paying industries for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 60 0.01 $ 44.34 $ 92,230
Natural Gas Distribution 750 0.70 $ 38.31 $ 79,680
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,150 0.30 $ 37.32 $ 77,620
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 700 0.64 $ 35.37 $ 73,570
Other Pipeline Transportation 30 0.37 $ 33.09 $ 68,840


Geographic profile for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 48,940 4.04 1.41 $ 23.11 $ 48,070
California 30,050 1.83 0.64 $ 23.62 $ 49,130
Pennsylvania 17,700 3.21 1.12 $ 22.54 $ 46,870
Ohio 16,840 3.28 1.15 $ 20.97 $ 43,610
Wisconsin 16,280 6.01 2.10 $ 22.95 $ 47,740




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 1,910 7.28 2.55 $ 28.75 $ 59,800
South Dakota 2,770 6.73 2.36 $ 19.65 $ 40,870
Oklahoma 10,420 6.67 2.33 $ 21.65 $ 45,040
Louisiana 11,840 6.58 2.30 $ 26.88 $ 55,920
Wisconsin 16,280 6.01 2.10 $ 22.95 $ 47,740




Top paying states for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 530 1.79 0.63 $ 34.55 $ 71,860
Hawaii 540 0.95 0.33 $ 31.56 $ 65,650
District of Columbia 130 0.19 0.07 $ 30.90 $ 64,270
Wyoming 1,910 7.28 2.55 $ 28.75 $ 59,800
North Dakota 2,390 5.98 2.09 $ 27.56 $ 57,320





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 18,090 6.09 2.13 $ 24.64 $ 51,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 9,940 1.71 0.60 $ 21.78 $ 45,300
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 9,050 2.52 0.88 $ 20.95 $ 43,570
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,710 1.77 0.62 $ 22.23 $ 46,240
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 6,000 0.68 0.24 $ 26.60 $ 55,330
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,620 2.13 0.75 $ 20.22 $ 42,060
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,790 2.59 0.91 $ 24.33 $ 50,610
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 4,540 5.65 1.98 $ 24.78 $ 51,540
Tulsa, OK 4,430 10.35 3.62 $ 22.31 $ 46,390
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 4,310 2.42 0.85 $ 21.34 $ 44,390




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 2,390 18.95 6.63 $ 19.31 $ 40,160
Erie, PA 2,050 17.97 6.29 $ 22.07 $ 45,900
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 1,450 17.75 6.21 $ 23.61 $ 49,120
Casper, WY 580 15.76 5.51 $ 28.14 $ 58,540
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 2,050 14.50 5.07 $ 26.50 $ 55,120
Lafayette, LA 2,390 12.63 4.42 $ 22.95 $ 47,740
Odessa, TX 910 12.30 4.30 $ 28.87 $ 60,050
Farmington, NM 520 12.02 4.20 $ 30.90 $ 64,260
Wausau, WI 820 11.95 4.18 $ 22.54 $ 46,880
Texarkana, TX-AR 590 10.89 3.81 $ 18.77 $ 39,040