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Ranking the Highest Paying Welding Salaries

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Being able to meld seemingly indestructible materials together into brand new things is a unique ability. If you're a welder, that's what you do every day.

Welders heat metal pieces, fusing them together to create permanent bonds that form strong objects. Welders work in a variety of industries that are vital to global economies, including:

  • Aerospace
  • Automobile repairs and manufacturing
  • Shipbuilding
  • Bridge building
  • Building manufacturing

If you’ve ever considered a career in welding, or any career path for that matter, one of your first questions most likely has to do with salary. The good news is that in addition to being able to do rewarding work, skilled welders have great income potential.

How Much Do Welders Make?

Welders work all over the world in a variety of environments, from factories to construction sites.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2019 median annual pay for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers was $42,490.26 The median annual pay indicates the wage at which half of those in these professions made more and half made less.

There are many different factors that can affect the income of a welder, one being location. If you’re wondering how much welders earn, you’ve come to the right place! Check out this list of welder salaries in the United States (median wages reported in May 2019) so you can plan your next career move.

Top 10 Annual Salaries for Welders


1. Alaska: $67,610

In Alaska, the largest economic component is the gas and oil industry. Other prominent industries in the state include fishing, timber, mining and agriculture. Welders in Alaska work on machinery and equipment supporting these industries.

2. District of Columbia: $62,260

According to Forbes, the cost of living in Washington, D.C., is 17% above the national average — which may be a reason why welder wages there tend to be higher than most places. Construction is one of the fastest-growing industries in Washington, D.C., particularly home construction. Welders here can work on buildings and parts for buildings, among other construction-related tasks.

3. Hawaii: $60,050

In Hawaii, defense and exports like raw sugar, molasses, and fresh and processed pineapple are dominant economic drivers. Welders here may work on military equipment including planes, tanks and vehicles. They might also work on farm equipment that supports agricultural exports.

4. Wyoming: $57,920

One of Wyoming's main industries is mineral extraction. Welders here may be responsible for working on equipment for this industry. Tourism is the other significant industry in Wyoming, so welders might work on vehicles for state parks and other tourism-related needs.

5. Delaware: $55,220

The chief industries in Delaware are agriculture, fishing, manufacturing and mining. Welders here work on equipment for farming, mining and manufacturing. They might also repair ships and create parts used in manufacturing.

6. Washington: $52,270

Washington's economy is driven by a variety of industries where welders can work. These include forestry, defense, maritime, aerospace, and agriculture and food manufacturing. Washington is also a leader in clean technology developments, giving welders unique opportunities if they're interested in working with green technology.

7. Massachusetts: $51,450

Some of the main industries in Massachusetts are medical and life sciences, manufacturing, and fishing. Welders fuse materials together to create parts and products that support these industries. They might work on ships, in factories or outside in construction.

8. Louisiana: $50,900

Louisiana is home to many prominent industries that require expert welder work. These include advanced manufacturing, aerospace, agribusiness, automotive, energy, process industries and water management. Welders here may work on boats, manufacturing equipment, farm equipment and more.

9. Maryland: $50,620

Prominent industries in Maryland include manufacturing, agriculture, aerospace and mining, which all rely on the skills of welders. In this state, welders can find themselves working in all kinds of settings, from manufacturing facilities to repair shops to construction sites.

10. Maine: $49,670

Shipbuilding, health care, mining, manufacturing and agriculture are just some of the industries that are booming in Maine. Welders in this state do anything from welding parts for boats to playing a critical role in making equipment used by health care workers. If you’re looking for variety in the types of work you can do, this may be the place for you.

Ranking All 50 States and the District of Columbia

RankStateAnnual Median Wage
1Alaska$67,610
2District of Columbia$62,260
3Hawaii$60,050
4Wyoming$57,920
5Delaware$55,220
6Washington $52,270
7Massachusetts$51,450
8Louisiana $50,900
9Maryland $50,620
10Maine$49,670
11Rhode Island$49,470
12New Mexico$49,440
13North Dakota$49,350
14New Hampshire$49,280
15Connecticut $48,420
16Colorado$47,230
17Virginia $46,800
18Oregon$46,630
19New Jersey$46,350
20Minnesota$45,940
21Nevada$44,860
22Wisconsin$44,590
23California$44,480
24New York$44,220
25Texas$44,160
26West Virginia$43,850
27Utah$42,160
28Arizona$42,030
29Pennsylvania$41,850
30Mississippi$41,510
31South Carolina$41,390
32Montana$41,290
33Kansas$41,220
34Nebraska$41,180
35North Carolina$41,110
36Illinois$40,910
36Vermont$40,910
38Oklahoma$40,760
39Tennessee$40,200
40Indiana$40,010
41Ohio$39,930
42Missouri$39,730
43Iowa$39,510
44Alabama$39,490
45Kentucky$39,340
46Florida$39,050
47Michigan$38,770
48South Dakota$38,270
49Arkansas$37,900
50Idaho$37,390
51Georgia$37,010

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