Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

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)
357,740 0.9 % $17.61 $36,630 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.26 $13.60 $16.71 $20.39 $25.20
Annual Wage (2) $23,420 $28,300 $34,750 $42,420 $52,420


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 46,350 $16.03 $33,330
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 23,260 $17.12 $35,610
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 16,480 $17.26 $35,900
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 15,840 $17.02 $35,410
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 14,290 $16.03 $33,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Spectator Sports 90 $29.73 $61,830
Natural Gas Distribution 910 $26.81 $55,770
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 200 $26.27 $54,640
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,700 $26.21 $54,510
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 200 $26.04 $54,150


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Wyoming 2,500 $22.45 $46,690 8.855
Louisiana 15,700 $19.60 $40,760 8.388
Oklahoma 11,670 $16.71 $34,770 7.648
North Dakota 2,570 $17.33 $36,060 7.260
Mississippi 6,450 $17.27 $35,910 5.884

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Alaska 790 $29.59 $61,550 2.558
Hawaii 520 $25.10 $52,210 0.893
District of Columbia 320 $24.95 $51,900 0.506
Wyoming 2,500 $22.45 $46,690 8.855
Washington 6,390 $20.75 $43,150 2.289


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 2,660 $19.16 $39,850 28.177
Odessa, TX 1,010 $19.76 $41,090 16.808
Casper, WY 620 $19.81 $41,210 15.543
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 2,190 $21.92 $45,600 13.693
Longview, TX 1,220 $17.90 $37,230 12.884

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Anchorage, AK 230 $28.93 $60,180 1.383
Texarkana-Texarkana, TX-AR 260 $28.32 $58,890 4.780
Fairbanks, AK 110 $27.48 $57,160 3.208
Honolulu, HI 480 $25.05 $52,110 1.107
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 640 $24.64 $51,260 7.959


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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