Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
53,080 5.5 % $18.07 $37,590 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.51 $14.00 $17.38 $21.66 $26.13
Annual Wage (2) $23,950 $29,120 $36,150 $45,050 $54,360


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 8,300 1.48 $16.51 $34,340
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 5,460 1.48 $18.35 $38,160
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 4,850 1.95 $19.65 $40,860
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 2,450 0.88 $18.09 $37,630
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 2,250 2.29 $19.48 $40,520

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 2,250 2.29 $19.48 $40,520
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 850 1.96 $16.19 $33,680
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 4,850 1.95 $19.65 $40,860
Ship and Boat Building 2,090 1.51 $22.39 $46,570
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 8,300 1.48 $16.51 $34,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ship and Boat Building 2,090 1.51 $22.39 $46,570
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 880 0.18 $22.11 $45,990
Building Equipment Contractors 50 (7) $21.51 $44,730
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 240 0.26 $21.33 $44,360
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 230 0.06 $19.96 $41,520


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)
Texas 3,860 0.33 0.87 $19.41 $40,380
Tennessee 3,530 1.25 3.26 $17.33 $36,050
Indiana 3,290 1.12 2.90 $17.08 $35,530
Ohio 3,240 0.61 1.59 $18.70 $38,890
California 3,020 0.19 0.51 $18.40 $38,270




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)
North Dakota 590 1.32 3.44 $21.25 $44,200
Tennessee 3,530 1.25 3.26 $17.33 $36,050
Arkansas 1,440 1.22 3.17 $17.17 $35,720
Indiana 3,290 1.12 2.90 $17.08 $35,530
South Dakota 390 0.95 2.46 $18.61 $38,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 310 0.10 0.27 $21.95 $45,660
North Dakota 590 1.32 3.44 $21.25 $44,200
Wisconsin 2,040 0.73 1.91 $20.99 $43,650
Virginia 1,800 0.49 1.27 $20.73 $43,120
Massachusetts 1,120 0.33 0.86 $19.71 $41,000





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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,440 0.49 1.28 $22.18 $46,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 920 0.22 0.58 $16.16 $33,610
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 900 0.77 2.00 $16.57 $34,460
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 870 0.24 0.64 $16.80 $34,940
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 810 0.98 2.54 $26.00 $54,080
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 600 0.60 1.57 $14.29 $29,720
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 590 0.82 2.12 $23.62 $49,130
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 590 0.24 0.62 $15.98 $33,230
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 560 0.55 1.42 $16.79 $34,930
Tulsa, OK 520 1.20 3.12 $20.84 $43,350




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)
Clarksville, TN-KY 450 5.54 14.39 $18.23 $37,920
Morristown, TN 130 3.19 8.28 $17.81 $37,040
Tuscaloosa, AL 250 2.47 6.43 $24.38 $50,720
Decatur, AL 130 2.45 6.38 $21.23 $44,160
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 340 2.30 5.96 $22.50 $46,810
Champaign-Urbana, IL 220 2.20 5.71 $16.01 $33,290
Bowling Green, KY 150 2.09 5.43 $16.78 $34,900
Jackson, TN 130 2.03 5.28 (8) (8)
Johnson City, TN 120 1.62 4.21 $16.25 $33,790
Mobile, AL 270 1.58 4.11 $20.90 $43,480