Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

51-4122 Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. Include workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
47,210 2.4 % $15.39 $32,020 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.63 $11.73 $14.32 $17.78 $23.54
Annual Wage (2) $20,020 $24,390 $29,780 $36,990 $48,960

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 10,120 $17.48 $36,360
Architectural and structural metals mfg. 4,020 $14.57 $30,300
Ag., construction, and mining machinery mfg. 2,510 $15.46 $32,150
Other general purpose machinery manufacturing 2,180 $15.35 $31,920
HVAC and commercial refrigeration equipment 2,130 $14.34 $29,820

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 110 $24.59 $51,150
Power generation and supply 60 $23.78 $49,470
Local government (OES designation) 60 $22.51 $46,820
Foundries 270 $21.80 $45,340
Motor vehicle manufacturing 550 $21.04 $43,770

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Kentucky 2,380 $13.64 $28,370 0.138%
Michigan 5,880 $19.74 $41,060 0.137%
Oklahoma 1,640 $13.39 $27,840 0.115%
South Dakota 350 $13.30 $27,650 0.095%
Tennessee 2,460 $14.70 $30,570 0.093%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Michigan 5,880 $19.74 $41,060 0.137%
Nevada 140 $18.97 $39,450 0.013%
Washington 500 $17.57 $36,550 0.019%
Louisiana 880 $17.35 $36,080 0.047%
Massachusetts 930 $17.34 $36,070 0.030%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Springfield, MO MSA 400 $14.79 $30,750 0.242%
Elkhart-Goshen, IN MSA 260 $19.52 $40,610 0.211%
Bangor, ME MSA 120 $18.63 $38,750 0.208%
Jackson, MI MSA 100 $13.13 $27,310 0.175%
Lexington, KY MSA 450 $14.80 $30,780 0.173%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 90 $22.84 $47,510 0.009%
Detroit, MI PMSA 1,910 $20.29 $42,200 0.096%
Mansfield, OH MSA 50 $20.07 $41,730 0.068%
Elkhart-Goshen, IN MSA 260 $19.52 $40,610 0.211%
Las Vegas, NV-AZ MSA 90 $19.42 $40,390 0.011%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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