Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
41,580 2.5 % $16.43 $34,170 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.72 $13.04 $15.74 $18.99 $22.93
Annual Wage (2) $22,290 $27,120 $32,750 $39,500 $47,700


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
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 6,900 $17.30 $35,990
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 4,540 $16.07 $33,420
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 3,090 $17.39 $36,170
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 2,050 $16.20 $33,700
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 1,830 $15.60 $32,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Utility System Construction 70 $24.44 $50,830
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 170 $23.02 $47,880
Scientific Research and Development Services 90 $22.61 $47,030
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 190 $19.38 $40,300
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 700 $19.31 $40,160


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
Ohio 6,130 $16.31 $33,920 1.205
Michigan 3,490 $19.37 $40,300 0.897
South Dakota 330 $15.18 $31,570 0.846
Indiana 2,280 $15.21 $31,640 0.816
Wisconsin 2,170 $17.13 $35,620 0.805

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Michigan 3,490 $19.37 $40,300 0.897
New York 1,230 $18.56 $38,590 0.145
Connecticut 390 $18.52 $38,520 0.239
Arizona 290 $18.48 $38,430 0.118
Vermont 70 $18.16 $37,780 0.226


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
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 350 $17.16 $35,700 4.088
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 150 $19.88 $41,360 2.508
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 610 $18.18 $37,810 1.680
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 160 $13.87 $28,850 1.573
Joplin, MO 120 $14.11 $29,350 1.523

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Monroe, MI (8) $25.47 $52,970 (8)
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 40 $23.79 $49,480 0.135
Wichita, KS 200 $21.12 $43,940 0.684
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 50 $20.56 $42,750 0.348
Evansville, IN-KY 40 $20.22 $42,060 0.247


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.

(8) Estimate not released.


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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