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Whats my starting pay if I'm a welder?

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Christian’s Answer

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The average Welder I salary in Texas is $39,024 as of September 26, 2019, but the range typically falls between $33,962 and $44,833. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on the city and many other important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

https://www.salary.com/research/salary/benchmark/welder-i-salary/tx

After further investigation a certified welder in Texas are getting the following average hourly income. It's not specified exactly what experience or location \ each role is requiring but it gives you an idea of the range.

ENGLOBAL Pipe Welder 5 Pipe Welder - $21.84 per hour

Construction Services, Inc Pipe Welder 9 - $35.00 per hour

KBR Pipe Welder 7 - $34.50 per hour

Industrial Projects Report Pipe Welder 6 - $32.31 per hour

Christian recommends the following next steps:

  • I would suggest you to reach out to a couple of companies in your area to get a better understanding of what they are paying as starting salary and what the development plan looks like.
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Asim A.’s Answer

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Hi Christian,

If you planning to stay in El Paso, here is another answer for your question. I believe more in the median values than the average and think this would be more realistic. As a starter with no experience I think it is better to expect you are not going to get high hourly wages. Now if go for some technical schools the starting wages might be more as companies don't have to worry about training (though you still have to learn something about their work practices and else).

With experience and more certifications you will make more money. When I used work on offshore rigs, I met a few experienced welders who were making close to 40+ bucks and hour. With two weeks on and off rotation, thats close to 80+k in salary. But it took them some years to reach that point.

Here are some links that might help in giving more idea.

https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/careers/occupations/occupation-profile.aspx?keyword=Welders,%20Cutters,%20Solderers,%20and%20Brazers&onetcode=51412100&location=El%20Paso,%20TX

https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/Wages/find-salary.aspx?keyword=Welders,%20Cutters,%20Solderers,%20and%20Brazers&soccode=514121&location=El%20Paso,%20TX

Also remember this hourly wages (or total salary) are gross amount. At the end of the day (or to be clear at the end of the month) you need to consider the taxes that will be taken out of your monthly or bi-weekly check. In Texas it is just federal taxes, about 15%.

Hope this helps.


Asim A. recommends the following next steps:

  • Look into technical schools where you can get certifications/diploma in welding. https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/Training/find-local-training.aspx?keyword=Welding%20Engineering%20Technology/Technician&location=El%20Paso,%20TX&ajax=0&post=y&lang=en But be diligent in what you are paying in fees and what the return in term of money (in short term and some way long term).
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