Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
377,250 0.9 % $20.87 $43,410 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.20 $15.99 $19.35 $24.25 $30.37
Annual Wage (2) $27,460 $33,260 $40,240 $50,450 $63,170


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) 64,280 14.01 $19.35 $40,250
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 50,980 7.30 $19.80 $41,180
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 21,470 4.63 $19.12 $39,770
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 20,000 13.53 $18.84 $39,180
Employment Services 15,500 0.43 $19.75 $41,090

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 4,260 19.13 $19.06 $39,640
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 64,280 14.01 $19.35 $40,250
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 20,000 13.53 $18.84 $39,180
Ship and Boat Building 11,790 8.79 $23.43 $48,730
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 50,980 7.30 $19.80 $41,180

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 $36.83 $76,600
Natural Gas Distribution 620 0.55 $36.71 $76,360
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 180 0.60 $31.34 $65,180
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 130 0.02 $30.41 $63,250
Coal Mining 620 1.26 $30.37 $63,170


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 49,510 4.16 1.57 $22.22 $46,220
California 26,550 1.59 0.60 $21.94 $45,630
Ohio 17,310 3.22 1.22 $19.31 $40,160
Pennsylvania 15,320 2.65 1.00 $20.63 $42,910
Wisconsin 14,250 5.04 1.91 $20.60 $42,840




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 14,210 7.47 2.82 $24.01 $49,940
South Dakota 3,000 7.16 2.71 $18.08 $37,610
Wyoming 1,780 6.63 2.51 $28.91 $60,120
Oklahoma 9,440 6.00 2.27 $21.36 $44,440
Mississippi 6,230 5.56 2.10 $21.28 $44,270




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 630 1.98 0.75 $31.54 $65,610
District of Columbia 40 0.06 0.02 $29.26 $60,870
Wyoming 1,780 6.63 2.51 $28.91 $60,120
Hawaii 570 0.90 0.34 $28.43 $59,120
North Dakota 2,160 5.19 1.96 $25.93 $53,930



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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 17,170 5.86 2.21 $24.85 $51,690
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 6,960 2.79 1.06 $19.33 $40,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,650 1.27 0.48 $20.89 $43,440
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 5,610 1.53 0.58 $20.11 $41,830
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,870 1.86 0.70 $18.09 $37,620
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,460 2.31 0.87 $22.35 $46,500
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,030 2.04 0.77 $20.65 $42,950
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,020 0.60 0.23 $24.09 $50,100
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 3,970 4.00 1.51 $19.43 $40,410
Baton Rouge, LA 3,720 9.49 3.59 $26.87 $55,880


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 2,100 16.53 6.25 $18.47 $38,420
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 840 15.68 5.93 $16.80 $34,950
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 2,230 14.87 5.62 $25.41 $52,850
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 1,230 14.66 5.54 $23.25 $48,370
Lake Charles, LA 1,630 14.55 5.50 $27.46 $57,120
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,980 12.36 4.67 $27.82 $57,870
Casper, WY 420 11.13 4.20 $27.13 $56,440
Farmington, NM 530 10.84 4.10 $25.28 $52,580
Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY 530 9.90 3.74 $19.12 $39,760
Midland, TX 870 9.81 3.71 $23.88 $49,670