Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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. Includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
49,430 2.4 % $17.33 $36,060 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.00 $13.46 $16.69 $20.51 $25.00
Annual Wage (2) $22,880 $28,000 $34,720 $42,650 $52,000


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 8,450 1.78 $16.36 $34,030
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 5,290 2.18 $17.22 $35,810
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 5,000 1.47 $16.99 $35,340
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 2,550 1.03 $17.63 $36,670
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 2,430 0.68 $16.95 $35,260

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 840 2.68 $18.48 $38,440
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 2,100 2.23 $17.96 $37,350
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 5,290 2.18 $17.22 $35,810
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 8,450 1.78 $16.36 $34,030
Forging and Stamping 1,440 1.48 $16.03 $33,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 60 0.01 $34.21 $71,150
Rail Transportation 50 0.02 $23.44 $48,760
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 40 0.01 $22.66 $47,140
Ship and Boat Building 1,140 0.91 $21.94 $45,630
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 1,600 0.95 $21.59 $44,910


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ohio 4,880 0.97 2.54 $16.46 $34,230
Indiana 3,860 1.37 3.62 $16.74 $34,810
Texas 3,290 0.31 0.82 $16.02 $33,320
California 3,060 0.21 0.56 $17.85 $37,120
Illinois 2,890 0.51 1.35 $17.98 $37,400




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Indiana 3,860 1.37 3.62 $16.74 $34,810
South Dakota 520 1.31 3.44 $16.29 $33,880
Ohio 4,880 0.97 2.54 $16.46 $34,230
Wisconsin 2,460 0.92 2.42 $18.37 $38,200
Iowa 1,360 0.92 2.44 $16.92 $35,190




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine 80 0.13 0.34 $23.88 $49,670
Hawaii (8) (8) (8) $23.06 $47,970
Alaska 90 0.27 0.72 $22.38 $46,550
Maryland 270 0.11 0.28 $20.50 $42,640
Wyoming 230 0.82 2.16 $20.30 $42,230





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,760 0.48 1.27 $17.14 $35,650
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,310 0.50 1.31 $16.93 $35,220
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 950 1.36 3.60 $21.47 $44,660
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 840 1.04 2.75 $19.36 $40,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 830 0.21 0.57 $17.71 $36,830
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 690 0.71 1.86 $14.54 $30,240
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 650 0.37 0.98 $21.56 $44,840
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 610 0.69 1.82 $15.13 $31,480
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 570 0.96 2.53 $15.16 $31,530
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 570 0.57 1.51 $18.51 $38,500




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Gadsden, AL 130 3.81 10.04 $13.46 $27,990
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 400 3.71 9.78 $13.09 $27,240
Mansfield, OH 180 3.56 9.39 $11.04 $22,960
Elmira, NY 100 2.71 7.13 $17.62 $36,650
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 240 2.35 6.20 $16.25 $33,790
Longview, TX 220 2.26 5.95 $13.76 $28,620
Wausau, WI 140 2.22 5.86 $18.42 $38,320
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 140 2.20 5.81 $23.35 $48,560
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 190 2.12 5.58 $16.85 $35,050
Winston-Salem, NC 380 1.89 4.97 $22.68 $47,180




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Springfield, OH 60 1.19 3.15 $25.26 $52,530
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 140 2.20 5.81 $23.35 $48,560
Honolulu, HI (8) (8) (8) $23.06 $47,970
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 40 0.32 0.85 $22.90 $47,620
Winston-Salem, NC 380 1.89 4.97 $22.68 $47,180
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $22.56 $46,930
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 280 0.53 1.39 $21.84 $45,430
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 650 0.37 0.98 $21.56 $44,840
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 950 1.36 3.60 $21.47 $44,660
New Haven, CT (8) (8) (8) $21.06 $43,800

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 1,220 5.42 14.29 $16.19 $33,670
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 610 3.01 7.93 $15.26 $31,740
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 560 2.57 6.77 $17.41 $36,210
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 540 2.00 5.27 $17.05 $35,470
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 480 3.22 8.48 $16.88 $35,110

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 1,220 5.42 14.29 $16.19 $33,670
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 470 3.74 9.85 $16.42 $34,160
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 480 3.22 8.48 $16.88 $35,110
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 610 3.01 7.93 $15.26 $31,740
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 560 2.57 6.77 $17.41 $36,210

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.55 $48,980
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 100 0.95 2.50 $20.81 $43,280
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 120 0.75 1.98 $20.50 $42,640
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.29 $42,200
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.96 $41,510


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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