I was so excited to see your question, especially for my hometown. It's a great area to live in and the cost of living is very reasonable. Living there would bring many benefits over time but I will stick to answering your question about Welder pay.
According to Pay Scale, A Welder in Buffalo earns an average of $17.13 per hour. This is 2% lower than the national average for a Welder which is $17.50 per hour. Wages for a Welder in Buffalo range from $12 to $26.50. So you can make from anywhere in that range. If you work full time (40 hour week) then you can expect to take home $480-$1,060 (minus taxes) per week. Welders are a highly skilled trade that you may end up getting to the top of the scale, the longer you work in the field. I am placing some informational links below so you can get more information. I hope this was helpful.
My recommendation is that you:
- Research the links to get an idea of the salaries
- Compare to the cost of living in the area to see the full benefits
- Compare these to other cities you may want to live in
- Decide the best option from there