Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
50,860 2.4 % $17.21 $35,800 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.90 $13.30 $16.54 $20.39 $24.81
Annual Wage (2) $22,680 $27,670 $34,410 $42,400 $51,610


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 9,810 1.95 $15.97 $33,220
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 4,980 1.99 $17.69 $36,790
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 4,760 1.37 $17.40 $36,190
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 2,430 0.95 $17.35 $36,090
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 2,340 2.40 $17.58 $36,570

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 2,340 2.40 $17.58 $36,570
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 690 2.10 $18.63 $38,760
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 4,980 1.99 $17.69 $36,790
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 9,810 1.95 $15.97 $33,220
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 720 1.74 $13.66 $28,420

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 $34.46 $71,670
Rail Transportation 50 0.02 $23.38 $48,630
Ship and Boat Building 1,210 0.93 $22.35 $46,490
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 120 0.13 $21.29 $44,290
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 780 0.15 $21.29 $44,280


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 4,630 0.90 2.36 $16.23 $33,760
Texas 3,730 0.34 0.89 $17.09 $35,550
California 3,320 0.23 0.59 $17.54 $36,490
Indiana 3,200 1.12 2.93 $16.83 $35,010
Michigan 3,050 0.76 1.99 $18.08 $37,600




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)
South Dakota 510 1.26 3.27 $16.57 $34,470
Indiana 3,200 1.12 2.93 $16.83 $35,010
Kentucky 1,820 1.02 2.66 $14.80 $30,780
Wisconsin 2,660 0.98 2.56 $18.88 $39,270
Ohio 4,630 0.90 2.36 $16.23 $33,760




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 80 0.30 0.79 $24.62 $51,220
Maine 80 0.14 0.36 $23.06 $47,970
Alaska 70 0.21 0.54 $22.77 $47,360
Hawaii 70 0.11 0.29 $22.40 $46,600
Arizona 220 0.09 0.23 $20.14 $41,890





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 1,560 0.42 1.10 $15.30 $31,830
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,370 0.50 1.30 $19.13 $39,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,060 0.27 0.70 $15.42 $32,080
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 920 1.32 3.43 $21.74 $45,220
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 920 1.13 2.94 $20.60 $42,840
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 730 0.73 1.90 $14.71 $30,600
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 650 1.06 2.76 $15.41 $32,050
Columbus, OH 580 0.62 1.62 $17.73 $36,870
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 530 0.53 1.37 $17.32 $36,030
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 520 0.57 1.48 $15.34 $31,900




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)
Mansfield, OH 200 4.13 10.77 $11.52 $23,960
Clarksville, TN-KY 270 3.28 8.56 (8) (8)
Wausau, WI 210 3.24 8.44 $17.41 $36,210
Longview, TX 190 1.88 4.90 $13.87 $28,840
Mobile, AL 310 1.83 4.78 $19.76 $41,100
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 190 1.82 4.74 $16.28 $33,870
Roanoke, VA 260 1.77 4.61 $16.25 $33,800
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 140 1.57 4.09 $16.45 $34,220
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 920 1.32 3.43 $21.74 $45,220
York-Hanover, PA 210 1.20 3.12 $20.50 $42,640




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)
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 40 0.28 0.74 $24.88 $51,740
Tucson, AZ 60 0.18 0.46 $23.47 $48,810
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 260 0.49 1.28 $22.90 $47,630
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 40 0.13 0.35 $22.83 $47,490
Akron, OH 190 0.59 1.55 $22.70 $47,220
Honolulu, HI 70 0.15 0.40 $22.40 $46,600
New Haven, CT 60 0.23 0.61 $22.31 $46,410
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 450 0.25 0.65 $22.24 $46,250
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 920 1.32 3.43 $21.74 $45,220
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 240 0.19 0.49 $21.43 $44,580

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 1,300 5.61 14.64 $16.13 $33,560
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 700 3.12 8.13 $17.97 $37,370
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 630 3.04 7.94 $15.72 $32,700
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 520 2.18 5.69 $17.70 $36,810
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 470 3.00 7.82 $12.69 $26,390

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 1,300 5.61 14.64 $16.13 $33,560
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 410 3.24 8.45 $16.72 $34,780
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 700 3.12 8.13 $17.97 $37,370
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 630 3.04 7.94 $15.72 $32,700
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 470 3.00 7.82 $12.69 $26,390

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)
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 70 1.04 2.72 $22.81 $47,440
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 110 0.60 1.55 $20.71 $43,070
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.59 1.53 $20.57 $42,770
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 1.17 $20.25 $42,130
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.07 $41,740


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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