Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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 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)
35,080 3.0 % $18.83 $39,160 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.59 $14.93 $18.11 $22.19 $26.15
Annual Wage (2) $26,200 $31,050 $37,670 $46,160 $54,400


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)
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 5,970 0.99 $17.28 $35,940
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 4,830 0.66 $19.61 $40,790
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 4,550 0.96 $19.60 $40,770
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 3,030 0.64 $18.37 $38,200
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 1,780 1.10 $17.07 $35,510

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 1,020 4.81 $19.55 $40,660
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 1,780 1.10 $17.07 $35,510
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 5,970 0.99 $17.28 $35,940
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 4,550 0.96 $19.60 $40,770
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 4,830 0.66 $19.61 $40,790

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 40 0.01 $33.70 $70,090
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 90 0.07 $23.65 $49,180
Rail Transportation 90 0.04 $23.43 $48,730
Building Equipment Contractors 170 0.01 $23.41 $48,700
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 160 0.01 $23.05 $47,950


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)
Indiana 3,460 1.14 4.69 $16.68 $34,690
California 3,260 0.19 0.79 $19.60 $40,780
Michigan 2,750 0.64 2.63 $18.94 $39,390
Ohio 2,140 0.40 1.63 $19.51 $40,570
Tennessee 1,560 0.53 2.17 $19.36 $40,260




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)
Mississippi 1,500 1.34 5.51 $16.99 $35,330
Indiana 3,460 1.14 4.69 $16.68 $34,690
South Dakota 410 0.98 4.03 $20.70 $43,060
Michigan 2,750 0.64 2.63 $18.94 $39,390
Iowa 850 0.55 2.27 $19.46 $40,480




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 70 0.02 0.09 $23.83 $49,560
Massachusetts 1,260 0.35 1.45 $22.47 $46,730
Louisiana 370 0.19 0.80 $21.23 $44,150
South Carolina 580 0.28 1.17 $21.05 $43,780
Minnesota 780 0.27 1.12 $20.90 $43,480





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,520 0.25 1.02 $18.58 $38,650
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 1,460 0.74 3.06 $20.11 $41,830
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,000 0.22 0.89 $17.57 $36,540
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 980 0.35 1.46 $22.12 $46,010
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 690 0.66 2.72 $16.45 $34,210
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 630 1.10 4.55 $18.62 $38,730
Jackson, MS 610 2.32 9.56 $17.41 $36,210
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 580 0.89 3.68 $17.57 $36,550
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 470 0.49 2.02 $19.93 $41,460
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 450 0.17 0.68 $17.74 $36,900




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)
Columbus, IN 140 2.73 11.26 $18.07 $37,590
Jackson, MS 610 2.32 9.56 $17.41 $36,210
Joplin, MO 160 2.03 8.38 $13.56 $28,210
Jackson, TN 130 2.02 8.34 $18.10 $37,640
Muskegon, MI 100 1.61 6.63 $17.67 $36,760
Bowling Green, KY 120 1.56 6.44 $20.24 $42,100
Muncie, IN 60 1.29 5.31 (8) (8)
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 170 1.25 5.17 $16.49 $34,300
Rochester, MN 130 1.13 4.68 $20.60 $42,850
Winston-Salem, NC 290 1.11 4.59 $24.08 $50,080




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Baton Rouge, LA 80 0.21 0.85 $26.42 $54,940
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 40 0.02 0.09 $26.02 $54,130
Springfield, MA-CT 190 0.57 2.37 $25.00 $52,000
Winston-Salem, NC 290 1.11 4.59 $24.08 $50,080
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 70 0.16 0.67 $23.00 $47,840
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 170 0.12 0.48 $22.96 $47,750
Fresno, CA 70 0.18 0.73 $22.53 $46,870
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (8) (8) (8) $22.39 $46,570
Stockton-Lodi, CA 50 0.20 0.82 $22.14 $46,060
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 980 0.35 1.46 $22.12 $46,010

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 700 4.38 18.09 $15.46 $32,160
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 470 2.02 8.35 $15.30 $31,830
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 440 2.33 9.60 $15.67 $32,600
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 370 2.82 11.64 $20.90 $43,470
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 360 1.66 6.85 $17.19 $35,760

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 700 4.38 18.09 $15.46 $32,160
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 370 2.82 11.64 $20.90 $43,470
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 440 2.33 9.60 $15.67 $32,600
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 470 2.02 8.35 $15.30 $31,830
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 180 1.76 7.25 $20.03 $41,670

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 370 2.82 11.64 $20.90 $43,470
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.77 $43,200
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 90 0.67 2.78 $20.38 $42,400
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.27 $42,160
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.50 2.05 $20.22 $42,060


About May 2018 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.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019