Welder Salaries By State

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Wondering how welder salaries stack up where you live? Looking to make a move and want to know where the best-paying welding jobs are found? You’ve come to the right place. 

We dug through the data on all 50 states to find out how much welders make in every corner of the country, compared to their affordability rankings (out of 50) via US News and World Report. You’ll find our alphabetical breakdown below.

ALABAMA

In the heart of Dixie, welders make an average salary of $40,910. The highest 10% of earners bring home $57,660 or more. Many welding jobs can be found in the state’s automotive manufacturing industry, which is home to the likes of Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz.

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 19th 

ALASKA

Alaska is number one in the nation for welding salaries, with the average welder bringing in $66,740 a year and the highest earners making $94,280 and up. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 45th 

ARIZONA

Arizona welders are paid an average of $44,070 a year, with the highest tier of professionals in the field bringing home $61,420 or more annually. Welders are in demand to serve the state’s booming aerospace, electronics and semiconductor manufacturing industries. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 30th 

ARKANSAS

Petroleum and natural gas mining provide many of the state’s welding jobs, which pay an average of $40,050 a year. The top 10% of welders earn a living of $56,270 or more. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 12th 

CALIFORNIA

The Golden State is outranked only by Texas in terms of welder employment numbers, with nearly 30,000 welders calling California home. Workers in the field earn $47,910on average and $71,360 in the highest income bracket. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 49th 

COLORADO

The oil and gas and aerospace industries are a big draw bringing welders to Colorful Colorado, where they can earn an average salary of $49,870. The highest earners in the field make upwards of $68,590.

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 43rd 

CONNECTICUT

Connecticut lies in the bottom ten in the nation for the number of welders employed per 1,000 people, with fewer than 2,500 jobs in the field. But welding jobs here pay well if you can find them, with a wage of $52,070 on average and $79,480 for the highest earners. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 41th 

DELAWARE

Delaware isn’t a great place to look for a welding job, with fewer than 1,000 people in the state employed in the profession. Delaware welders earn an average of $55,480 per year. The top tier of workers makes $81,830 or more. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 29th 

FLORIDA

Home of the Space Coast and more than 15 commercial airports, the Sunshine State and its thriving aerospace industry are a big employer of welders. Welders here earn an average of $41,650 a year, with the upper echelon of earners bringing in $58,830 and up. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 35th

GEORGIA

Georgia is dead last on the list of welder salaries by state, with an average annual income of $38,780. The highest bracket of earners top out around $53,350 a year. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 18th 

HAWAII

The Aloha State is number two in the nation for the top paying spots for welders, with an average salary of $61,830 per year. The highest earners make $86,190 or more. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 50th 

IDAHO

Idaho is second only to Georgia for the title of the state with the lowest welding salaries. $38,910 is the mean welder income, while the highest earners make about $53,760.

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 32nd 

ILLINOIS

Illinois’ $101 billion manufacturing industry is a big source of welding jobs, which pay an average of $43,150. The top segment of welders here earn $60,790 a year or more. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 17th 

INDIANA

You’ll find strong welding job prospects in Indiana, with almost twice the number of welding jobs per 1,000 people than the nation as a whole. The average welding salary is $42,160, with the top 10% of workers making $60,460 and up. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 3rd

IOWA

Iowa’s robust manufacturing and renewable energy sectors employ the majority of the state’s welders, who earn a mean salary of $39,850 a year or $51,120 for the highest-paid workers in the field.

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 1st

KANSAS

The agriculture, manufacturing and logistics industries employ most of Kansas’ welders, who earn an average of $43,710 a year. The highest-paid welders here make $61,560 or more.

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 9th  

KENTUCKY

In the Bluegrass State, you can expect to earn an average welding salary of $40,960 a year. If you’re in the top tier of welders, expect to earn wages of $57,070 and up. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 13th 

LOUISIANA

The Bayou State is among the top five in the nation for the number of welders employed per 1,000 people, with many of those jobs located on offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. The average welder in Louisiana makes $53,490, with the highest earners bringing home upwards of $79,040 a year. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 20th 

MAINE

Maine falls in the bottom quartile of states when it comes to welding employment numbers. Average welder salaries here are around $48,750, or $62,480 for the top 10% of workers in the field. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 33rd

MARYLAND

Though welders in Maryland earn a solid wage–$52,540 on average and $75,890 in the highest income bracket–there aren’t many welding jobs to be had. It’s among the bottom three states in the nation for welding jobs per 1,000 residents.

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 40th  

MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts welders enjoy a healthy average salary of $53,540 a year. The top segment of earners brings home upwards of $80,430 annually. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 46th

MICHIGAN

A strong manufacturing industry draws many welders to the Great Lake State. $41,050 is the mean welding salary here, with the highest 10% of welders making $57,360 or more per year. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 5th 

MINNESOTA

This upper midwest mainstay pays its welders an average salary of $47,050.The highest tier of earners makes $62,640 a year. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 21st 

MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi’s mining and manufacturing industries are to thank for the strong presence of welding jobs, which are found at almost twice the prevalence of the nation as a whole. Welding jobs here pay an average of $43,890 a year or $62,050 for the highest-paid workers. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 15th 

MISSOURI

Missouri is on the lower end of the national scale when it comes to welding pay, with a salary of $42,170 on average and $58,080 for the highest 10% of earners. However, it also consistently ranks among the ten most affordable states to live in, which means your paycheck will stretch further here. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 7th 

MONTANA

Montana is square in the middle when it comes to the average number of welding jobs per 1,000 residents. Its welders are paid an average salary of $45,180. That number jumps to $64,620 in the highest earning bracket. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 39th 

NEBRASKA

Manufacturing is Nebraska’s fastest growing industry and it’s no doubt a big source of the state’s welding jobs. Welders here earn a mean income of $42,930, with the highest 10% of earners making $58,990 and up. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 6th 

NEVADA

Did you know Nevada is the fourth largest producer of gold in the world? Its mines employ thousands of welders, who make an average of $48,290 a year. The highest paid professionals in the field earn $74,740 or more.

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 42nd 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

If you’re looking for a welding job, New Hampshire probably isn’t your best bet; there are fewer than 1,000 welders employed in the state. They make an average of $49,990 a year or $68,820 at the highest income level.

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 26th 

NEW JERSEY

Welders in the Garden State bring home a mean annual income of $49,330 a year, with the top tier of professionals making $72,580 or more.

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 34th 

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico’s best welders are some of the highest-paid in the nation, bringing in $97,400 a year within the top 10% of earners. The average welder here makes $56,740 a year. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 25th 

NEW YORK

The manufacturing, construction and infrastructure fields employ the majority of the Empire State’s welders, who make an average salary of $49,130 a year. Welders in the highest income bracket make $76,420 or more.

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 47th 

NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina has almost twice as many welders per capita than the nation as a whole. Welders here make $42,620 a year on average or $59,740 in the top 10% of jobs.

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 24th 

NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota’s robust energy sector cements its place in the top ten states in the nation for welder salaries. The average pay for welders is $54,480, with the best-paid welders making upwards of $87,860 annually.

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 11th 

OHIO

In the Buckeye State, welders make an average living of $42,060 a year or $58,420 for the top 10% in the field.

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 2nd 

OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma is third in the nation for the prevalence of welding jobs, with more than two-and-a-half times as many jobs per 1,000 residents than the country as a whole. The mean welder salary here is $43,600. Welders in the top tenth percentile make $61,880 and up.

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 4th 

OREGON

With jobs in technology, manufacturing and natural resources, Oregon’s diverse economy supports thousands of welders with salaries of $47,730 on average and $65,140 in the highest wage bracket.

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 48th 

PENNSYLVANIA

The manufacturing industry is a major presence in Pennsylvania, employing close to 10% of the state’s workforce. Welders here bring home about $44,480 a year. The top earners make $62,170 or more. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 10th 

RHODE ISLAND

Though it may be small in size, Rhode Island’s welder salaries are substantial, with an average pay of $52,270 a year or $78,740 at the highest level.

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 38th 

SOUTH CAROLINA

Welders in the Palmetto State make an average of $43,260 a year, with the top 10% of workers in the field bringing home $61,290 and up.  

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 27th 

SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota is number two in the country for the prevalence of welding jobs, with only Wyoming having more welders per capita. Welders here are paid an average of $39,450 a year, with the highest earners making around $51,080.

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 14th 

TENNESSEE

If you’re looking for a welding job in Tennessee, a good place to look is the state’s manufacturing industry, which produces transportation equipment and electronics. Welders here make around $41,420 annually, with the top 10% in the field making $56,820 a year or more. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 22nd 

TEXAS

The Lone Star State is by far the biggest employer of welders by sheer numbers, with about 51,000 of them calling Texas home. They make an average of $46,940 a year or $69,770 in the highest tier of earners

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 23rd 

UTAH

Utah’s aerospace, defense and renewable energy fields are in need of skilled welders, who are paid $45,150 an average and $64,230 at the uppermost level.     

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 36th 

VERMONT

Welders in the Green Mountain state make an average of $42,070 a year. The highest 10% of earners brings in $55,510 or more annually.   

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 37th 

VIRGINIA

Virginia welding jobs can be found in the state’s automotive and advanced materials manufacturing sector. Such jobs pay an average of $47,090, or $62,840 and up per year for the top tier of welders. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 31st

WASHINGTON

With Boeing and the U.S. military ranking among the state’s biggest employers, Washington is a promising place to look for a welding job. Welders here can expect to earn an average of $53,960 a year, with the top 10% of workers commanding salaries of $75,590 or more. 

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 44th 

WEST VIRGINIA

The top 10% of welders in the Mountain State make more than anywhere else in the nation, bringing home salaires upward of $99,260 a year. The average welder pay here is a healthy $52,040.

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 8th 

WISCONSIN

Wisconsin’s welders earn a mean income of $45,740 a year, with the top tenth percentile making $62,360 and up.

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 16th 

WYOMING

Wyoming is a great place to seek employment as a welder. It’s number three in the nation for the best welding salaries, with an average pay of $61,650 a year or $91,190 at the highest level. It also has the highest concentration of welding jobs in the country.

AFFORDABILITY RANKING: 28th 

 

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