|Quick Facts: Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers|
$39,390 per year
$18.94 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|5% (As fast as average)|
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers use hand-held or remotely controlled equipment to join or cut metal parts. They also fill holes, indentations, or seams in metal products.
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers may work outdoors, often in inclement weather, or indoors, sometimes in a confined area. They may work on a scaffold, high off the ground, and they occasionally must lift heavy objects and work in awkward positions. Most work full time and overtime is common.
A high school diploma or equivalent, combined with technical and on-the-job training, is typically required for anyone to become a welder, cutter, solderer, or brazer.
The median annual wage for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers was $39,390 in May 2016.
Employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The nation’s aging infrastructure will require the expertise of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings.
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