Salary for Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters

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This occupation has now been updated to Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Also known as:  Aluminum Welder, Arc Welder, Brazer, Certified Maintenance Welder, Cutting Torch Operator, Pipe Welder, Silver Solderer, Sub Arc Operator, Welder Fitter, Wire Welder helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Welders, cutters, and welder fitters use flame-cutting and hand-welding equipment and techniques to join metal components, weld, fill holes or indentations, or fill seams or fabrications on metal objects. Completion of high school or its equivalency is usually necessary to be considered for this position. A welding certificate may also be necessary in some areas. An employer usually requires up to two years of formal on-site job training after being hired for this job.

A Welder, Cutter, or Welder Fitter usually gets a pay level of somewhere between $30,640 and $66,250 based on tenure level. usually receive a salary of fourty-six thousand six hundred and ninety dollars yearly.

have the highest average potential salary in Alaska, where they get an average salary rate of near $71,860. Professionals that work in these jobs make the highest salary in Utilities, where they can earn average pay scales of $77,850.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 45.18 percent nationwide in that time.


Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters tend to make the most in the following industries:

Health Care and Social Assistance
Public Administration
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Retail Trade
Wholesale Trade
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting