Welding, soldering, & brazing workers

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Total Workforce

575k

Average Age

39.7

Estimated Job Growth

3.88%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$43,662

Average Male Salary

$44,369

Average Female Salary

$31,322

About

Welding, soldering, & brazing workers are most often employed by the Commercial & industrial machinery & equipment repair & maintenance industry. The average yearly wage for Welding, soldering, & brazing workers was $43,662 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Welding, soldering, & brazing workers by wage are Counselors, Computer operators, and Human resources assistants, except payroll & timekeeping.

Welding, soldering, & brazing workers are part of the Production Occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of production & operating workers, Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, & systems assemblers, Electrical, electronics, & electromechanical assemblers, Engine & other machine assemblers, Structural metal fabricators & fitters, Miscellaneous assemblers & fabricators, Bakers, Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers, Food & tobacco roasting, baking, & drying machine operators & tenders, Food batchmakers, Food cooking machine operators & tenders, Food processing workers, all other, Computer control programmers & operators, Extruding & drawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Forging machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Rolling machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machine tool cutting setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machinists, Metal furnace operators, tenders, pourers, & casters, Model makers, patternmakers, & molding machine setters, metal & plastic, Tool & die makers, Welding, soldering, & brazing workers, Miscellaneous metal workers & plastic workers, including multiple machine tool setters, Prepress technicians & workers, Printing press operators, Print binding & finishing workers, Laundry & drycleaning workers, Pressers, textile, garment, & related materials, Sewing machine operators, Shoe & leather workers, Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, Textile knitting & weaving machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile winding, twisting, & drawing out machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile bleaching & dyeing, & cutting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Upholsterers, Miscellaneous textile, apparel, & furnishings workers except upholsterers, Cabinetmakers & bench carpenters, Furniture finishers, Sawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, wood, Woodworking machine setters, operators, & tenders, except sawing, Miscellaneous woodworkers, including model makers & patternmakers, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, Stationary engineers & boiler operators, Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, Miscellaneous plant & system operators, Chemical processing machine setters, operators, & tenders, Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, & blending workers, Cutting workers, Extruding, forming, pressing, & compacting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, & kettle operators & tenders, Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers, Jewelers & precious stone & metal workers, Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, Packaging & filling machine operators & tenders, Painting workers, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, Adhesive bonding machine operators & tenders, Etchers & engravers, Molders, shapers, & casters, except metal & plastic, Paper goods machine setters, operators, & tenders, Tire builders, Helpersproduction workers, and Miscellaneous production workers, including semiconductor processors

The top 3 locations that employ the most Welding, soldering, & brazing workers are Minot City PUMA, ND, Ector CountyOdessa City PUMA, TX, and Maricopa, Casa Grande & Eloy (Southeast) Cities PUMA, AZ. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Welding, soldering, & brazing workers are Maricopa, Casa Grande & Eloy (Southeast) Cities PUMA, AZ, St. Joseph & Branch Counties PUMA, MI, and Marinette, Oconto, Door & Florence Counties PUMA, WI.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Welding, soldering, & brazing workers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Commercial & industrial machinery & equipment repair & maintenance is the industry that employs the most Welding, soldering, & brazing workers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Welding, soldering, & brazing workers, by average wage, is Coal mining. Welding, soldering, & brazing workers are paid most in White, Jackson, Prairie & Woodruff Counties PUMA, AR but are relatively concentrated in Maricopa, Casa Grande & Eloy (Southeast) Cities PUMA, AZ.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$43,662

AVERAGE SALARY

± $907

In 2017, Welding, soldering, & brazing workers earned an average of $43,662, $8,403 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Counselors make somewhat more than Welding, soldering, & brazing workers while Computer operators make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Welding, soldering, & brazing workers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.296

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Welding, soldering, & brazing workers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.296, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Welding, soldering, & brazing workers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Welding, soldering, & brazing workers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Welding, soldering, & brazing workers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Welding, soldering, & brazing workers, by number of employees, are Commercial & industrial machinery & equipment repair & maintenance, Construction, and Motor vehicles & motor vehicle equipment manufacturing.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Welding, soldering, & brazing workers, by average wage, are Coal mining, Electric power generation, transmission & distribution, and Natural gas distribution.

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Industries by Share

575k

2017 Workforce

± 18,573

2.69%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 4.48%

The number of people employed as Welding, soldering, & brazing workers has been growing at a rate of 2.69%, from 559,512 people in 2016 to 574,552 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Welding, soldering, & brazing workers employed by various industries. Commercial & industrial machinery & equipment repair & maintenance employs the largest share of Welding, soldering, & brazing workers at  15.7%, followed by Construction with 13.3% and Motor vehicles & motor vehicle equipment manufacturing with 8.47%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Welding, soldering, & brazing workers in the US. The average age of male Welding, soldering, & brazing workers in the workforce is 39.5 and of female Welding, soldering, & brazing workers is 42, and the most common race/ethnicity for Welding, soldering, & brazing workers is White.

Gender Composition

543k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 18,065

31.1k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 4,332

94.6% of Welding, soldering, & brazing workers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Welding, soldering, & brazing workers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Welding, soldering, & brazing workers

  1. White

  2. Other

  3. Black

79% of Welding, soldering, & brazing workers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.59% of Welding, soldering, & brazing workers, Other is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Welding, soldering, & brazing workers.

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Age by Gender

39.5

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.435

42

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.92

The median age of Welding, soldering, & brazing workers is 39.7, and Male employees are generally 2.47 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Welding, soldering, & brazing workers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Welding, soldering, & brazing workers is Engineering but a relatively high number of Welding, soldering, & brazing workers hold a major in Agriculture.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Welding, soldering, & brazing workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Welding, soldering, & brazing workers need many skills, but most especially . The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Welding, soldering, & brazing workers need more than the average amount of .

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Welding, soldering, & brazing workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Welding, soldering, & brazing workers are expected to see a growth of 3.88% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

3.88%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Welding, soldering, & brazing workers. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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