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Welders are responsible for joining metal parts by superheating and fusing them until a permanent bond can be formed. There are thousands of manufacturing applications where welding is used, including shipbuilding; automobile manufacturing and repair; building and bridge construction; and pipe-joining in pipelines, power plants, and refineries. There are also many different types of welder and dozens of different welding processes that a welder can employ. Some are performed manually, where the welder has complete control of the process, while others are semiautomatic, requiring the welder to use machinery such as a wire feeder to perform welding tasks.

In today's world, automated welding is used in an increasing number of production processes. Very often, a machine or robot will perform the actual welding tasks under the oversight of a welding machine operator who must load parts correctly and constantly monitor the machine to ensure that it produces the desired bond. Old fashioned manual welding, however, is still very much alive and well, and there are several specialties of welder that fit into this category. Some of the more common types of manual welding include the following:

  • Arc welding: The most common type of manual welding, standard arc welding involves the use of two large metal alligator clips that carry a strong electrical current. One of the clips is attached to some part of the workpiece being welded and the other clip is connected to a thin welding rod. When the rod touches the workpiece, a powerful electrical circuit is created. The ensuing massive heat causes both the workpiece and the steel core of the rod to melt together, cooling quickly to form a solid bond.
  • Soldering: This process uses molten metal to join two pieces of metal. Only the added metal (and not the workpiece) is melted due to the fact that its melting point is lower than that of the workpiece. The most common application of soldering is used in the joining of electrical, electronic, and other small metal parts.
  • Brazing: This process is similar to soldering but differs in that the subject metals have higher melting points. Consequently, brazing produces a stronger joint than does soldering and is often used to join metals other than steel (e.g., brass). Brazing can also be used to apply coatings to parts to reduce wear and protect against corrosion.

Responsibilities

Skilled welders will generally plan their work from specifications or drawings and then supplement this planning with their knowledge of fluxes and base metals to analyze the parts to be joined. They will then select and set up the proper welding equipment, execute the planned welds, and examine them for conformance to standards or specifications. In most cases, the difficulty of the project is directly related to the positioning of the project elements and by the type of metals to be fused. Welders who are highly skilled are often trained to work with a wide variety of materials, including titanium, aluminum, and plastics.

Welders with extensive knowledge of welding techniques are often able to troubleshoot problems as they develop during the process. The welder will observe the process and if problems are identified, can typically compensate by adjusting the speed, voltage, amperage, or feed of the rod. Welders with more limited experience are generally assigned more routine types of duties which have already have been planned and laid out and do not require a large repertoire of technical welding knowledge.

To an increasing extent, automated welding is being used in production processes. These processes are characterized by the use of a machine or robot, monitored by a welding machine operator, to perform the welding tasks. The machine operators follow specified layouts, work orders, or blueprints to set up the machine. They then provide constantly oversight of the machine to ensure that it produces the desired bond.

Job Characteristics

Most welders work a 40-hour work week, although many work in factories that are open around the clock on shifts that include non-standard work hours. Also, this is a profession where overtime work tends to be quite common. As part of the job, welders are often forced to deal with an unpleasant or even hazardous environment where they may be faced with intense light, poisonous fumes, or exposure to very hot materials. It is standard practice for them to wear safety equipment designed to prevent eye injuries and to offer protection from falling objects. Welders can be found either indoors or outdoors depending on the nature of their work project. Indoor work sometimes takes place in confined areas and outdoor work often occurs in inclement weather or on platforms set high off the ground. In addition, welders may be required to lift heavy objects or do a lot of bending, stooping, or standing when performing overhead work.

In order to be a good welder, an individual needs good eyesight, decent hand-eye coordination, and lots of manual and physical dexterity. The ability to focus intensely on detailed work for long periods of time is another important trait for a welder to have. An ideal candidate for the profession would also possess good analytical skills and the technological savvy needed for operating a computer.

Employment Outlook

Future employment of welders is largely dependent on the health of the industries in which they work. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (USDL BLS), employment in this field is expected to grow over the next decade, but at an overall slower rate than the average growth over all occupations. In some business sectors, however, demand will continue to be strong. The manufacturing sector has been in general decline due to the trend of manufacturing jobs moving overseas; however, demand for welders in this sector should continue at a solid pace due to the importance of what they do. The construction industry should experience growth over the next decade which will likely result in an increasing demand for welders. Also, general job growth in the oil and gas industries is expected to result in excellent opportunities for welders.

Generally speaking, welders are consistently able to find work. Because the basic skills of welding are the same across industries, welders are usually able to shift employment at any given time to those business sectors where they happen to be most needed. Recent business trends show an increasing investment by companies in automation, especially computer-controlled and robotically controlled welding machinery. These trends are expected to result in a reduced demand for some types of manual welders, but on the flip side, to increase demand for automated welders.

Welder Training, Certification, and Licensing

Although some welders learn on-the-job, most employers today prefer to hire workers who already have either work experience or some level of formal training in the trade. This type of training is available in high schools, from the U.S. Armed Forces, and at many types of postsecondary institutions, such as community colleges, vocational-technical institutes, and private welding schools. Courses in mechanical drawing, blueprint reading, shop mathematics, physics, chemistry, and metallurgy are helpful to all prospective welders. An understanding of electricity and knowledge of computers are of particular importance to those aspiring to be automated welders.

After completing formal education, it would behoove a prospective welder to seek out a welding apprenticeship. Resources to help secure an apprenticeship with a reputable company are often available at the community college, university or trade school at which formal training was received. Knowledge gained during the apprenticeship will prove invaluable in applying for and working in a welding position.

A large number of projects require welders who are not only trained but who have also passed professional certification testing. To meet this requirement, the employer typically sends the worker to an examining institution to weld a test specimen according to specific codes and standards required by the employer. If the welding inspector at the examining institution determines that the worker has performed according to guidelines, the inspector will then certify the welder's proficiency in the in specific skill being tested. The American Welding Society also grants certifications and relevant courses are offered at many welding schools. A certified welder (CW) designation will qualify a welder for many welding jobs and will give him/her an edge in a competitive job market.

Resources

Major Employers

The large majority (over 65%) of welding jobs exist in the manufacturing industry. Some of these include machinery manufacturing, fabricated metal manufacturing, transportation equipment manufacturing, and structural metals manufacturing. Some welders do repair servicing, including maintenance and repair on automobiles or industrial and electrical machinery. Others are employed by the mining, oil extraction, and gas extraction industries; where work can include drilling and extracting oil and gas or mining ores. Some of the other job markets where welders can find work include government agencies (utilities, bridges, etc.) and wholesale or retail establishments (auto dealerships, scrap yards, etc.).

Schools for Welders are listed in the column to the left.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Welders

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Welders jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 2020 $35,850
Hoover 2020 $35,850
Mobile 1420 $46,190
Montgomery 560 $29,330
Decatur 500 $38,850
Huntsville 450 $34,270
Tuscaloosa 320 $38,160
Anniston 310 $49,230
Jacksonville 310 $49,230
Oxford 310 $49,230
Dothan 290 $27,650
Florence 180 $30,030
Muscle Shoals 180 $30,030
Gadsden 120 $30,890
Auburn N/A $23,760
Opelika N/A $23,760
Daphne N/A $35,090
Fairhope N/A $35,090
Foley N/A $35,090
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 230 $70,420
Fairbanks 90 $57,760
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 3750 $36,760
Phoenix 3750 $36,760
Mesa 3750 $36,760
Tucson 510 $36,710
Yuma 110 $34,250
Lake Havasu City 80 $36,830
Kingman 80 $36,830
Prescott 70 $40,280
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 840 $34,420
North Little Rock 840 $34,420
Little Rock 840 $34,420
Jonesboro 310 $29,610
Pine Bluff 210 $36,130
Hot Springs 60 $28,810
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 9500 $35,870
Long Beach 9500 $35,870
Anaheim 9500 $35,870
San Bernardino 3020 $35,200
Riverside 3020 $35,200
Ontario 3020 $35,200
San Diego 2450 $50,780
Carlsbad 2450 $50,780
San Francisco 2360 $48,880
Hayward 2360 $48,880
Oakland 2360 $48,880
Bakersfield 1710 $54,570
Sunnyvale 1590 $39,300
Santa Clara 1590 $39,300
San Jose 1590 $39,300
Arcade 1130 $41,660
Arden 1130 $41,660
Sacramento 1130 $41,660
Roseville 1130 $41,660
Stockton 810 $39,980
Lodi 810 $39,980
Fresno 630 $34,060
Thousand Oaks 580 $33,530
Ventura 580 $33,530
Oxnard 580 $33,530
Modesto 450 $40,530
Santa Rosa 410 $41,680
Visalia 300 $41,440
Porterville 300 $41,440
Vallejo 250 $40,480
Fairfield 250 $40,480
Merced 220 $34,150
Santa Barbara 190 $31,450
Santa Maria 190 $31,450
Salinas 190 $41,580
Yuba City 140 $37,910
Madera 140 $39,350
Corcoran 90 $37,710
Hanford 90 $37,710
Arroyo Grande 90 $41,430
San Luis Obispo 90 $41,430
Paso Robles 90 $41,430
Redding 80 $38,160
Santa Cruz 80 $41,300
Watsonville 80 $41,300
Chico 70 $40,520
Napa 70 $44,470
El Centro 60 $38,830
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 2160 $37,330
Denver 2160 $37,330
Lakewood 2160 $37,330
Greeley 920 $39,600
Pueblo 330 N/A
Fort Collins 320 $42,140
Colorado Springs 250 $41,810
Boulder 250 $43,210
Grand Junction 160 $45,530
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 840 $44,360
East Hartford 840 $44,360
West Hartford 840 $44,360
Bridgeport 410 $39,230
Norwalk 410 $39,230
Stamford 410 $39,230
New Haven 300 $37,710
Waterbury 70 $40,920
Danbury 70 $41,680
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 50 $38,750
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 2760 $38,200
West Palm Beach 2760 $38,200
Miami 2760 $38,200
St. Petersburg 1970 $34,340
Clearwater 1970 $34,340
Tampa 1970 $34,340
Sanford 1430 $33,860
Orlando 1430 $33,860
Kissimmee 1430 $33,860
Jacksonville 1240 $41,120
Winter Haven 650 $35,440
Lakeland 650 $35,440
Titusville 490 $34,310
Melbourne 490 $34,310
Palm Bay 490 $34,310
Sarasota 470 $34,880
North Port 470 $34,880
Bradenton 470 $34,880
Daytona Beach 400 $30,310
Deltona 400 $30,310
Ormond Beach 400 $30,310
Panama City 370 $34,870
Fort Myers 300 $35,100
Cape Coral 300 $35,100
Brent 280 $30,930
Ferry Pass 280 $30,930
Pensacola 280 $30,930
Port St. Lucie 260 $36,080
Ocala 210 $29,150
Gainesville 200 $29,220
Tallahassee 100 $33,660
Destin 80 $40,090
Fort Walton Beach 80 $40,090
Crestview 80 $40,090
Sebastian 40 $33,710
Vero Beach 40 $33,710
Naples N/A $35,860
Immokalee N/A $35,860
Marco Island N/A $35,860
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 4210 $34,080
Roswell 4210 $34,080
Atlanta 4210 $34,080
Gainesville 780 $35,010
Savannah 450 $51,710
Valdosta 270 $39,240
Athens 190 $34,760
Clarke County 190 $34,760
Albany 160 $53,090
Dalton 150 $36,950
Macon 70 $31,540
Rome 70 $35,510
Warner Robins 60 $30,520
Brunswick 40 $33,780
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 450 $65,390
Lahaina N/A $50,480
Wailuku N/A $50,480
Kahului N/A $50,480
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 1160 $32,330
Coeur d'Alene 200 $37,070
Idaho Falls 140 $40,060
Pocatello N/A $36,140
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 730 $34,620
Peoria 720 $39,010
Urbana 170 $31,130
Champaign 170 $31,130
Kankakee 120 $33,890
Bloomington 120 $35,070
Danville 110 $34,280
Springfield 50 $35,590
Carbondale N/A $28,990
Marion N/A $28,990
Decatur N/A $39,490
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 2220 $37,780
Anderson 2220 $37,780
Carmel 2220 $37,780
Elkhart 2030 $33,970
Goshen 2030 $33,970
Fort Wayne 850 $35,140
West Lafayette 660 $33,000
Lafayette 660 $33,000
Terre Haute 610 $35,560
Columbus 300 $38,760
La Porte 110 $36,790
Michigan City 110 $36,790
Muncie 50 $37,600
Bloomington 30 $36,190
Kokomo N/A $44,030
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waterloo 730 $36,420
Cedar Falls 730 $36,420
West Des Moines 680 $36,110
Des Moines 680 $36,110
Dubuque 450 $34,970
Cedar Rapids 430 $39,030
Iowa City 180 $38,070
Ames 130 $38,030
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 1230 $34,860
Topeka 310 $38,430
Manhattan 150 $37,960
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 520 $42,650
Fayette 520 $42,650
Owensboro 350 $35,820
Fort Knox 320 $36,700
Elizabethtown 320 $36,700
Bowling Green 200 $35,970
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 3970 $39,540
Lafayette 3040 $41,350
New Orleans 2790 $46,090
Metairie 2790 $46,090
Houma 2210 $45,940
Thibodaux 2210 $45,940
Lake Charles 1280 $46,960
Shreveport 1010 $40,250
Bossier City 1010 $40,250
Monroe 290 $37,160
Hammond 120 $40,590
Alexandria N/A $40,410
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 360 $45,300
Portland 360 $45,300
Bangor 110 $32,500
Auburn 50 $45,760
Lewiston 50 $45,760
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1150 $46,380
Columbia 1150 $46,380
Baltimore 1150 $46,380
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Bedford 110 $35,470
Barnstable Town 90 $47,020
Gardner N/A $24,670
Leominster N/A $24,670
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 4330 $38,110
Detroit 4330 $38,110
Dearborn 4330 $38,110
Wyoming 1690 $33,370
Grand Rapids 1690 $33,370
East Lansing 560 $36,110
Lansing 560 $36,110
Muskegon 330 $38,960
Saginaw 250 $34,790
Niles 250 $37,140
Benton Harbor 250 $37,140
Jackson 220 $34,980
Monroe 180 $37,260
Portage 160 $37,010
Kalamazoo 160 $37,010
Ann Arbor 150 $39,860
Flint 130 $31,970
Midland 90 $32,880
Bay City 90 $44,840
Battle Creek 70 $34,690
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 930 $38,990
Rochester 550 $39,070
North Mankato 240 $40,170
Mankato 240 $40,170
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Gulfport 2770 $49,320
Pascagoula 2770 $49,320
Biloxi 2770 $49,320
Jackson 530 $32,440
Hattiesburg 80 $45,990
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 950 $37,110
Jefferson City 390 $41,580
Joplin 300 $28,580
Columbia N/A $33,960
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 450 $36,450
Missoula 110 $36,880
Great Falls 80 $39,250
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 420 $41,130
Grand Island N/A $32,900
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 890 $37,460
Henderson 890 $37,460
Las Vegas 890 $37,460
Reno 360 $37,700
Carson City 30 $41,230
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 150 $49,740
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 160 $45,500
Hammonton 30 $36,890
Atlantic City 30 $36,890
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Farmington 520 $51,180
Albuquerque 430 $40,040
Las Cruces 100 $27,460
Santa Fe 60 $35,190
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 1220 $38,570
Buffalo 1220 $38,570
Cheektowaga 1220 $38,570
Rochester 970 $37,880
Syracuse 630 $39,600
Schenectady 390 $43,880
Albany 390 $43,880
Troy 390 $43,880
Elmira 210 $41,510
Utica 190 $37,050
Rome 190 $37,050
Kingston 110 $40,140
Binghamton 100 $31,390
Glens Falls 50 $49,020
Fort Drum N/A $43,530
Watertown N/A $43,530
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 930 $39,460
Winston 930 $39,460
Greensboro 830 $37,130
High Point 830 $37,130
Raleigh 640 $37,920
Lenoir 520 $35,730
Morganton 520 $35,730
Hickory 520 $35,730
Goldsboro 280 $38,730
Durham 260 $32,590
Chapel Hill 260 $32,590
Asheville 230 $41,620
Wilmington 220 $44,480
Greenville 160 $44,750
Fayetteville 120 $38,000
Rocky Mount 90 $34,630
Burlington 80 $36,800
New Bern 60 $46,210
Jacksonville N/A $41,390
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck N/A $43,570
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 2380 $36,710
Cleveland 2380 $36,710
Columbus 1530 $37,770
Dayton 1040 $37,720
Akron 1000 $36,100
Canton 710 $36,190
Massillon 710 $36,190
Toledo 650 $32,070
Mansfield 240 $28,980
Springfield 220 $33,210
Lima 150 $33,700
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tulsa 4150 $40,520
Oklahoma City 2410 $35,610
Lawton 50 $39,220
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 380 $39,570
Eugene 370 $39,740
Albany 190 $38,140
Medford 110 $36,960
Redmond 70 $38,970
Bend 70 $38,970
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 3680 $40,960
Lancaster 1150 $38,910
Reading 1040 $42,430
Hanover 890 $41,060
York 890 $41,060
Scranton 630 $43,050
Wilkes 630 $43,050
Hazleton 630 $43,050
Barre 630 $43,050
Erie 620 $34,150
Harrisburg 520 $39,110
Carlisle 520 $39,110
Altoona 260 $40,920
Williamsport 230 $36,980
Johnstown 220 $34,670
Lebanon 200 $35,180
Gettysburg 160 $35,530
State College 40 $35,080
East Stroudsburg 40 $48,610
Bloomsburg N/A $32,750
Berwick N/A $32,750
Chambersburg N/A $37,300
Waynesboro N/A $37,300
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 940 $22,550
Caguas 940 $22,550
San Juan 940 $22,550
Ponce 80 $21,040
Arecibo 70 $22,550
Mayag�ez 40 $18,170
Isabela 30 $18,190
Aguadilla 30 $18,190
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 1110 $38,530
Anderson 1080 $37,200
Mauldin 1080 $37,200
Greenville 1080 $37,200
Spartanburg 620 $42,330
North Charleston 500 $37,360
Charleston 500 $37,360
Florence 370 $37,200
Sumter 120 $35,230
Bluffton N/A $23,880
Hilton Head Island N/A $23,880
Beaufort N/A $23,880
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 870 $35,280
Rapid City 160 $33,350
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Davidson 1280 $37,060
Murfreesboro 1280 $37,060
Franklin 1280 $37,060
Nashville 1280 $37,060
Knoxville 760 $36,560
Johnson City 230 $33,330
Jackson 170 $35,260
Cleveland 130 $40,040
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
The Woodlands 18150 $43,570
Houston 18150 $43,570
Sugar Land 18150 $43,570
Dallas 10220 $35,940
Fort Worth 10220 $35,940
Arlington 10220 $35,940
Port Arthur 2310 $46,790
Beaumont 2310 $46,790
Corpus Christi 2160 $43,240
Longview 2150 $48,770
New Braunfels 1970 $35,860
San Antonio 1970 $35,860
Round Rock 1710 $34,540
Austin 1710 $34,540
Odessa 1200 $52,780
Brownsville 980 $26,190
Harlingen 980 $26,190
McAllen 940 $28,630
Mission 940 $28,630
Edinburg 940 $28,630
Midland 770 $48,140
Waco 560 $31,380
Tyler 460 $44,530
El Paso 420 $31,810
Abilene 380 $42,200
Wichita Falls 350 $42,540
College Station 300 $38,430
Bryan 300 $38,430
Lubbock 290 $31,080
San Angelo 290 $38,270
Victoria 270 $35,150
Denison 260 $36,030
Sherman 260 $36,030
Killeen 220 $35,430
Temple 220 $35,430
Amarillo 200 $35,400
Laredo 80 $29,620
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 2120 $37,750
Clearfield 1400 $37,090
Ogden 1400 $37,090
Provo 700 $35,010
Orem 700 $35,010
St. George 150 $35,300
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 170 $40,760
Burlington 170 $40,760
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 1130 $43,660
Roanoke 510 $37,300
Lynchburg 460 $40,430
Harrisonburg 200 $42,070
Staunton 140 $40,420
Waynesboro 140 $40,420
Blacksburg 80 $41,710
Christiansburg 80 $41,710
Radford 80 $41,710
Charlottesville 60 $37,970
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 3480 $46,810
Tacoma 3480 $46,810
Bellevue 3480 $46,810
Spokane 750 $36,190
Spokane Valley 750 $36,190
Yakima 300 $34,240
Bellingham 290 $41,970
Mount Vernon 270 $53,740
Anacortes 270 $53,740
Walla Walla 170 $38,660
Wenatchee 130 $34,360
Kennewick 110 $47,150
Richland 110 $47,150
Longview 100 $38,230
Tumwater 90 $27,890
Olympia 90 $27,890
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 220 $37,600
Morgantown 210 $34,120
Beckley 180 $37,840
Parkersburg 70 $35,660
Vienna 70 $35,660
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Milwaukee 2930 $40,070
Waukesha 2930 $40,070
West Allis 2930 $40,070
Madison 820 $39,830
Green Bay 690 $39,790
Appleton 670 $38,860
Racine 570 $36,770
Wausau 510 $37,150
Neenah 500 $29,080
Oshkosh 500 $29,080
Janesville 410 $34,940
Beloit 410 $34,940
Fond du Lac 390 $39,520
Sheboygan 110 $48,360
Eau Claire N/A $37,070
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Casper 660 $45,400
Cheyenne 150 $40,970

Most Popular Industries for :
Welders

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Metal Products 98,130 25% $31,840
Machinery 67,200 17% $33,950
Automotive And Vehicle Manufacturing 54,980 14% $33,680
Construction Trades 26,330 6% $34,740
Maintenance And Repair 20,100 5% $32,970
Durable Goods Wholesale 18,620 4% $31,990
Office Services And Staffing 12,320 3% $31,440
Civil Engineering 12,010 3% $40,510
Construction 8,900 2% $38,470
Metals 8,550 2% $32,830
Electronics And Computer 6,770 1% $30,400
Electrical Appliance 6,540 1% $31,190
Furniture 5,810 1% $29,850
Miscellaneous Manufacturing 5,030 1% $31,180
Government 4,700 1% $48,300
Mining Services 4,340 1% $39,270
Railroad 4,310 1% $46,600
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  • Advance your career with our affordable, self-paced, career-focused distance education programs.
Programs
  • Commercial Truck Driver Program - 310 Clock Hours
  • CDL Driver Training Program - 80 Clock Hours
  • Yuma Truck Driving School trains students to not only pass their Commercial Driver's License (CDL) test, but to become the kind of professional driver that companies seek. It's what we've done for years, and it's why our graduates are working for many of the nation�s top over-the-road carriers as well as regional and local companies.

    Yuma Truck Driving School employs only experienced drivers as instructors. These dedicated professionals receive on-going training in various teaching techniques to ensure the hundreds of students we train each year receive a first-rate education.
Programs
  • Associate of Arts in Aviation Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Aviation Management
  • See What’s Possible When You Earn a Degree at Florida Tech 100% Online

Programs
  • Automotive Technician (9-Month Diploma Program)
  • At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it.

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Gardena
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Programs
  • Locksmithing
  • Earn your degree or diploma on your schedule and succeed at Ashworth College.
Programs
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician
  • Aviation Institute of Maintenance schools are distinguished institutes committed to the education and personal enrichment of each student interested in the Aviation Industry.

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Oakland
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Programs
  • Automotive Technology
  • At UTI, you won’t just train for a career. You’ll train for success. The hands-on training and high-tech skills you’ll get at UTI will put you on the fast track to a rewarding career as a professional technician.

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Rancho Cucamonga
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Programs
  • Master of Science in Construction Management
  • As the flagship university in the LSU System, LSU has been preparing students for rewarding careers for nearly 150 years.

Programs
  • HVAC Technician
  • Get your career started with Intercoast Colleges.
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Anaheim
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CityTownInfo Career and College Resources

We have some additional detailed pages at the state level for Welders.

Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

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