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Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operator, and Tender Salary Information

The salary statistics of welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders 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. Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operator, and Tender Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,070
25th Percentile Wage
$30,090
50th Percentile Wage
$36,980
75th Percentile Wage
$45,820
90th Percentile Wage
$54,300

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders is $54,300. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $36,980. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,070. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 116% 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 welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201636,9802.24%6.11%
201536,1502.68%-
201435,1802.19%-
201334,410-0.90%-
201234,720--

Table 2. Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operator, and Tender Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders in 11 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 welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $80,300. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $30,160).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$80,300
Mining
$53,890
Transportation and Warehousing
$45,050
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$43,120
Construction
$39,700
Wholesale Trade
$38,400
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$37,230
Manufacturing
$37,110
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$34,170
Retail Trade
$31,090
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$30,160

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders by States

From the above tables we note that not only welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders 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 welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $24,060 to $56,450. The highest paying state for welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $56,450. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $24,060. For more salary information of welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Hawaii
$56,450
Wyoming
$50,360
Alaska
$48,760
North Dakota
$46,210
Washington
$45,940
Maine
$45,820
Virginia
$44,010
South Carolina
$42,500
Minnesota
$42,120
New York
$40,990
Massachusetts
$40,780
West Virginia
$40,680
South Dakota
$40,560
Texas
$40,050
Maryland
$39,940
Utah
$39,860
Louisiana
$39,290
Ohio
$38,790
Oklahoma
$38,610
California
$38,480
Wisconsin
$38,440
Rhode Island
$38,280
Tennessee
$38,180
Oregon
$38,010
Alabama
$37,310
Nevada
$37,270
Arizona
$36,750
New Mexico
$36,620
Iowa
$36,510
Colorado
$36,450
Mississippi
$35,900
Kansas
$35,850
Illinois
$35,750
Arkansas
$35,620
Pennsylvania
$35,570
Michigan
$35,490
Nebraska
$35,460
Georgia
$35,120
Kentucky
$34,810
North Carolina
$34,550
Florida
$33,450
New Hampshire
$33,330
Missouri
$32,780
Idaho
$31,060
Connecticut
$31,050
Indiana
$31,000
New Jersey
$29,150
Vermont
$26,900
Puerto Rico
$24,060



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