Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
38,750 2.7 % $18.69 $38,880 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.14 $14.54 $17.88 $22.22 $26.93
Annual Wage (2) $25,260 $30,250 $37,190 $46,220 $56,010


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 6,500 1.10 $16.74 $34,810
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 5,690 0.81 $19.57 $40,710
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 5,120 1.12 $19.89 $41,370
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 2,990 0.64 $18.05 $37,550
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 1,690 0.49 $20.09 $41,780

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 1,130 5.06 $18.95 $39,420
Ship and Boat Building 1,690 1.26 $23.79 $49,480
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 5,120 1.12 $19.89 $41,370
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 6,500 1.10 $16.74 $34,810
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 1,570 1.06 $16.93 $35,210

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 $33.85 $70,400
Utility System Construction 250 0.05 $30.07 $62,550
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 70 0.03 $29.27 $60,870
Rail Transportation (8) (8) $24.52 $51,000
Ship and Boat Building 1,690 1.26 $23.79 $49,480


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)
California 3,340 0.20 0.73 $19.02 $39,570
Indiana 3,070 1.02 3.75 $16.19 $33,680
Michigan 2,640 0.62 2.27 $17.87 $37,180
Ohio 2,340 0.43 1.60 $18.99 $39,510
Texas 1,860 0.16 0.57 $19.85 $41,290




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 1,320 1.18 4.32 $17.72 $36,870
Indiana 3,070 1.02 3.75 $16.19 $33,680
South Dakota 330 0.79 2.91 $20.54 $42,720
Iowa 1,040 0.68 2.49 $18.09 $37,620
Michigan 2,640 0.62 2.27 $17.87 $37,180




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 160 0.05 0.19 $24.05 $50,030
Massachusetts 950 0.27 0.99 $21.92 $45,590
Virginia 1,710 0.45 1.66 $21.58 $44,880
North Dakota 80 0.19 0.70 $21.57 $44,860
Louisiana 570 0.30 1.10 $20.92 $43,510



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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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.25 0.93 $18.05 $37,550
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,060 0.86 3.16 $17.56 $36,520
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 700 0.68 2.48 $15.66 $32,570
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 600 0.21 0.75 $23.12 $48,090
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 590 0.16 0.60 $18.36 $38,190
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 590 0.91 3.36 $16.65 $34,640
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 530 0.97 3.57 $17.76 $36,940
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 480 0.47 1.71 $16.89 $35,120
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 470 0.29 1.08 $18.34 $38,150
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 410 0.56 2.05 $22.96 $47,760


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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)
Joplin, MO 250 3.22 11.86 $13.60 $28,290
Jackson, TN 180 2.82 10.37 $16.62 $34,560
Bowling Green, KY 170 2.33 8.59 $19.68 $40,940
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 310 2.09 7.68 $22.82 $47,470
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 210 1.64 6.04 $18.18 $37,810
Rochester, MN 170 1.51 5.56 $20.56 $42,770
Muncie, IN 70 1.41 5.18 $23.83 $49,570
Muskegon, MI 80 1.22 4.48 $17.29 $35,960
Montgomery, AL 200 1.22 4.50 $16.48 $34,280
Winston-Salem, NC 290 1.09 4.03 $22.68 $47,170


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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)
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $27.98 $58,200
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 80 0.71 2.60 $27.32 $56,820
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 30 0.35 1.28 $26.44 $54,990
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 270 0.32 1.19 $25.90 $53,870
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.05 0.19 $25.89 $53,860
Baton Rouge, LA 90 0.24 0.88 $23.85 $49,610
Muncie, IN 70 1.41 5.18 $23.83 $49,570
Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division 50 0.72 2.65 $23.81 $49,520
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 130 0.11 0.40 $23.59 $49,070
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 140 0.26 0.95 $23.28 $48,430

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 570 3.64 13.39 $14.38 $29,910
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 390 2.10 7.74 $15.28 $31,780
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 360 1.42 5.23 $19.07 $39,670
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 340 1.22 4.48 $13.57 $28,220
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 340 1.49 5.47 $17.16 $35,690

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 570 3.64 13.39 $14.38 $29,910
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 390 2.10 7.74 $15.28 $31,780
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 270 2.03 7.47 $20.95 $43,580
Southeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 70 1.59 5.84 $17.52 $36,450
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 190 1.51 5.55 $17.51 $36,430

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)
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.58 2.12 $21.43 $44,580
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 270 2.03 7.47 $20.95 $43,580
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 110 0.83 3.06 $20.66 $42,980
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 280 0.83 3.06 $19.90 $41,400
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.54 1.98 $19.68 $40,930


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018