Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
46,920 5.2 % $18.45 $38,380 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.05 $14.47 $17.78 $22.03 $26.10
Annual Wage (2) $25,070 $30,090 $36,980 $45,820 $54,300


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 7,030 1.21 $16.94 $35,230
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 4,690 1.26 $19.25 $40,040
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 3,780 1.76 $20.21 $42,040
Ship and Boat Building 2,030 1.49 $22.46 $46,720
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 1,790 1.92 $20.69 $43,040

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 1,790 1.92 $20.69 $43,040
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 820 1.91 $17.26 $35,910
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 3,780 1.76 $20.21 $42,040
Ship and Boat Building 2,030 1.49 $22.46 $46,720
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing 1,760 1.37 $16.84 $35,030

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 30 0.01 $37.55 $78,110
Ship and Boat Building 2,030 1.49 $22.46 $46,720
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 770 0.16 $22.10 $45,980
Scientific Research and Development Services 30 0.01 $21.95 $45,650
Building Equipment Contractors (8) (8) $21.77 $45,280


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)
Pennsylvania 4,430 0.77 2.30 $17.25 $35,890
Tennessee 3,260 1.13 3.37 $18.63 $38,760
Michigan 3,120 0.74 2.21 $18.07 $37,580
California 3,100 0.19 0.58 $19.59 $40,760
Ohio 3,020 0.56 1.69 $19.53 $40,620




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)
North Dakota 510 1.20 3.58 $22.01 $45,780
Tennessee 3,260 1.13 3.37 $18.63 $38,760
South Dakota 390 0.94 2.81 $19.54 $40,640
Mississippi 1,040 0.94 2.80 $18.10 $37,640
Indiana 2,650 0.89 2.65 $15.75 $32,750




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 50 0.09 0.26 $26.00 $54,080
Washington 200 0.07 0.20 $22.74 $47,310
North Dakota 510 1.20 3.58 $22.01 $45,780
Massachusetts 920 0.27 0.79 $21.52 $44,750
Virginia 1,730 0.46 1.37 $21.09 $43,880





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 1,160 0.39 1.18 $20.89 $43,440
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.96 2.86 $16.83 $35,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 980 0.23 0.70 $19.55 $40,670
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 680 0.94 2.82 $23.81 $49,530
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 630 1.14 3.42 $17.81 $37,040
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 610 0.60 1.80 $15.57 $32,380
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 550 0.15 0.46 $17.68 $36,780
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 540 0.35 1.04 $17.37 $36,120
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 540 0.28 0.83 $18.11 $37,680
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 500 0.78 2.34 $15.41 $32,040




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)
Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA 310 5.41 16.19 (8) (8)
Clarksville, TN-KY 410 4.85 14.52 $19.99 $41,570
Morristown, TN 120 2.84 8.50 $18.67 $38,840
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 390 2.64 7.89 $21.81 $45,370
Bowling Green, KY 170 2.42 7.23 $17.86 $37,150
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 210 2.33 6.96 $16.69 $34,720
Jackson, TN 140 2.15 6.42 $17.97 $37,390
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 90 1.90 5.68 $17.08 $35,530
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 200 1.72 5.14 $17.61 $36,640
Chattanooga, TN-GA 370 1.56 4.66 $21.85 $45,450




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) $27.89 $58,010
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 430 0.51 1.52 $25.67 $53,390
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 140 0.09 0.26 $23.99 $49,910
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 680 0.94 2.82 $23.81 $49,530
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 130 0.23 0.69 $23.48 $48,840
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 100 0.09 0.26 $23.27 $48,400
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 60 0.50 1.51 $23.04 $47,920
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 370 0.27 0.80 $22.87 $47,580
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 200 1.25 3.74 $22.46 $46,730
Pittsburgh, PA 170 0.15 0.46 $22.28 $46,350

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 630 2.51 7.51 $19.38 $40,310
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 510 2.75 8.23 $14.75 $30,670
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 460 2.87 8.60 $14.56 $30,280
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 340 1.89 5.65 $16.15 $33,580
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 340 2.56 7.66 $17.34 $36,070

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)
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 320 2.99 8.93 $14.78 $30,730
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 460 2.87 8.60 $14.56 $30,280
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 510 2.75 8.23 $14.75 $30,670
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 340 2.56 7.66 $17.34 $36,070
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 630 2.51 7.51 $19.38 $40,310

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)
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.94 $49,780
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 140 0.89 2.66 $22.93 $47,700
East Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.89 $47,620
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.82 $45,380
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.84 2.52 $21.71 $45,150


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017