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Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers Salary Information

The salary statistics of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,800
25th Percentile Wage
$32,590
50th Percentile Wage
$39,390
75th Percentile Wage
$49,550
90th Percentile Wage
$62,100

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is $62,100. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $39,390. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,800. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 131% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201639,3903.15%7.84%
201538,1501.91%-
201437,4201.87%-
201336,7201.14%-
201236,300--

Table 2. Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers in 16 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $77,060. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $33,890).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$77,060
Federal, State, and Local Government
$52,690
Mining
$50,140
Transportation and Warehousing
$46,840
Construction
$46,510
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$46,120
Health Care and Social Assistance
$45,460
Educational Services
$43,970
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$43,730
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$42,900
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$40,340
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$39,340
Manufacturing
$38,200
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$38,010
Wholesale Trade
$37,930
Retail Trade
$33,890

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers by States

From the above tables we note that not only welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $22,370 to $71,300. The highest paying state for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is Alaska with a median annual salary of $71,300. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $22,370. For more salary information of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$71,300
District of Columbia
$58,500
Hawaii
$58,390
Wyoming
$54,730
Delaware
$49,130
Maine
$47,900
Nevada
$47,070
North Dakota
$47,050
Massachusetts
$46,670
Louisiana
$46,000
Washington
$45,810
Maryland
$45,520
Virginia
$45,260
New Mexico
$45,100
Connecticut
$45,080
New Jersey
$44,920
Virgin Islands
$44,560
Mississippi
$43,200
New Hampshire
$42,830
New York
$42,810
Oregon
$42,280
Colorado
$41,670
Minnesota
$41,440
Texas
$41,360
Wisconsin
$40,820
Rhode Island
$40,540
Pennsylvania
$39,690
Oklahoma
$39,670
California
$39,570
Utah
$38,770
West Virginia
$38,760
Kansas
$38,520
North Carolina
$38,460
Arizona
$38,430
South Carolina
$38,330
Montana
$38,040
Alabama
$37,790
Ohio
$37,790
Illinois
$37,770
Nebraska
$37,690
Kentucky
$37,410
Tennessee
$36,900
Indiana
$36,560
Missouri
$36,450
Michigan
$36,410
Iowa
$36,240
Guam
$36,000
South Dakota
$35,660
Florida
$35,520
Arkansas
$35,310
Georgia
$35,080
Vermont
$34,990
Idaho
$34,950
Puerto Rico
$22,370



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