What does a Welder do?

Welders use hand-held or remotely controlled equipment to join or cut metal parts, or to fill holes, indentations, or seams in metal products. They apply heat to metal pieces and by melting and fusing them, they form a new and permanent bond.

Welders are used in various fields including aerospace, manufacturing, and shipbuilding. Welders take various metal components and fuse them together using intense heat to form the final and desired product. They operate and maintain the machinery that fabricates and repairs metal structures, equipment, or machines. Welders read and interpret diagrams, sketches, and blueprints and determine a project’s required materials and time frame. They set up, operate, and maintain the welding equipment and understand and implement personal safety codes and company safety measures by wearing specialized gear and communicating safely and clearly with the essential workers on their team, customers, and clients. Most welders attend a technical school or community college program to learn their trade and to gain certification.

EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Welder Salaries

Average Base Pay

$36 /hour
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$28
Median: $36
$50
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Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Welder Career Path

Learn how to become a Welder, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Welder
$63,891/yr
L3
Senior Welder
No Salary Reports
L4
Lead Welder
No Salary Reports
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Welder Insights

Read what Welder professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Technifab ProductsTechnifab Products
Tig Welder
6 May 2021

“Insurance is not the best but they do have a free clinic that is very good option.”

Quality CountsQuality Counts
Apprentice Fabricator/Welder
10 Oct 2021

“Great pay if you earned it.. Sam was one of the best people I've ever worked for.”

Construction Force ServicesConstruction Force Services
Pipefitter
23 Jan 2021

“The wage was not a fair prices compared to what another Staffing Agency was paying.”

FAURECIA AUTOMOTIVE
Welder
25 Dec 2020

“Supervisors do the best they can but their bosses dont have a clue on what's goin.”

JSW SteelJSW Steel
Junior Manager At Jsw Steel
21 Jul 2019

“One of the best core mechanical companies to work with with conducive and excellent work culture for learning and personal life too.”

WallacespaceWallacespace
FOH
15 May 2020

“Nice people and really Lovely clients”

Anniston Army DepotAnniston Army Depot
Welder/Fabricator
30 Sep 2021

“Good paying job and great people to work with”

MAC TrailerMAC Trailer
Welder
19 Sep 2021

“If you come to work and do your job you get noticed and better career oppprtunities”

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Welder Interviews

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Welder jobs

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a welder

When working as a welder, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Stick, Smaw, Strong WORK Ethic, MIG Welding and FCAW.

The most similar professions to welder are:
  • Machine Operator
  • Machinist
  • Millwright
  • Project Manager

The most common qualifications to become a welder is a minimum of a GED / High School Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.