Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

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Description

Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

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Industry areas

  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only)
  • Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only)
  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only)

Job Outlook

Employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028, slower than the average for all occupations. The nation’s aging infrastructure will require the expertise of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings. Also, the construction of new power generation facilities and, specifically, pipelines transporting natural gas and oil may result in new jobs. New jobs for welders are projected in manufacturing industries that produce fabricated metal products and transportation equipment. The basic skills of welding are similar across industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another, depending on where they are needed most. For example, welders who are laid off in the automotive manufacturing industry may be able to find work in the oil and gas industry.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$41,380

Military salary*

$48,705

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State-by-state Salary

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$63,710
$22,580
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Education

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