Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

51-4122 Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. Includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
55,360 5.7 % $17.53 $36,450 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.20 $13.64 $16.91 $20.86 $24.86
Annual Wage (2) $23,290 $28,380 $35,180 $43,390 $51,720


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 8,680 1.63 $16.53 $34,380
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 5,280 1.48 $17.62 $36,660
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 5,240 2.08 $18.09 $37,640
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 2,510 2.57 $18.88 $39,260
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 2,160 0.78 $17.08 $35,520

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 2,510 2.57 $18.88 $39,260
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 5,240 2.08 $18.09 $37,640
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing 830 1.93 $16.02 $33,330
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 550 1.71 $18.12 $37,690
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 8,680 1.63 $16.53 $34,380

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 70 0.02 $33.00 $68,630
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 1,590 0.84 $24.12 $50,170
Ship and Boat Building 1,640 1.22 $21.59 $44,910
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 830 0.17 $21.41 $44,530
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 210 0.23 $21.09 $43,870


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ohio 4,340 0.84 2.04 $18.53 $38,550
Texas 4,180 0.37 0.91 $17.69 $36,800
California 3,520 0.23 0.57 $17.80 $37,020
Tennessee 3,200 1.16 2.84 $16.70 $34,730
Indiana 3,190 1.10 2.68 $17.29 $35,960



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 650 1.59 3.88 $17.19 $35,750
Arkansas 1,370 1.19 2.89 $16.78 $34,890
Tennessee 3,200 1.16 2.84 $16.70 $34,730
Indiana 3,190 1.10 2.68 $17.29 $35,960
Ohio 4,340 0.84 2.04 $18.53 $38,550



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota (8) (8) (8) $20.96 $43,600
Maine 70 0.12 0.29 $20.23 $42,070
Wisconsin 2,180 0.80 1.95 $20.09 $41,790
Massachusetts 1,000 0.30 0.74 $19.73 $41,040
Virginia 1,360 0.37 0.91 $19.57 $40,700




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,370 0.48 1.17 $19.53 $40,610
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.36 0.87 $15.24 $31,700
Columbus, OH 1,150 1.19 2.90 $22.70 $47,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.27 0.66 $14.87 $30,930
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 860 1.05 2.57 $22.92 $47,660
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 810 0.34 0.83 $16.65 $34,620
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 690 0.60 1.47 $15.07 $31,340
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 620 0.61 1.49 $17.04 $35,440
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 580 0.58 1.41 $15.52 $32,290
Tulsa, OK 520 1.21 2.95 $19.82 $41,230



Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rome, GA 210 6.04 14.75 $15.47 $32,180
Clarksville, TN-KY 430 5.20 12.69 $17.60 $36,620
Morristown, TN 130 2.82 6.88 $17.06 $35,480
Mobile, AL 410 2.43 5.93 $20.60 $42,850
Longview, TX 220 2.19 5.33 $13.56 $28,210
Lincoln, NE 360 2.11 5.16 (8) (8)
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 220 1.98 4.84 $16.71 $34,750
Decatur, AL 100 1.95 4.77 $21.32 $44,350
Mansfield, OH 100 1.94 4.73 $12.07 $25,100
Johnson City, TN 140 1.80 4.39 $15.82 $32,910



Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tucson, AZ 60 0.18 0.45 $25.76 $53,580
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 390 0.21 0.52 $24.17 $50,270
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 260 0.48 1.17 $23.84 $49,590
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 860 1.05 2.57 $22.92 $47,660
Columbus, OH 1,150 1.19 2.90 $22.70 $47,210
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 370 0.28 0.69 $22.25 $46,280
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 150 0.15 0.37 $21.98 $45,730
Lafayette, IN (8) (8) (8) $21.89 $45,520
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.07 $21.71 $45,160
Framingham, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $21.62 $44,980

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 1,070 4.53 11.05 $18.30 $38,070
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 500 2.23 5.43 $18.54 $38,570
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 500 3.99 9.75 $17.28 $35,940
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 470 2.22 5.42 $16.93 $35,220
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 420 2.72 6.63 $11.99 $24,930

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 1,070 4.53 11.05 $18.30 $38,070
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 500 3.99 9.75 $17.28 $35,940
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 320 2.77 6.77 $12.96 $26,950
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 420 2.72 6.63 $11.99 $24,930
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 400 2.38 5.80 (8) (8)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.08 $48,000
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 60 0.99 2.42 $21.12 $43,930
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.95 $43,570
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.48 $42,600
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 210 1.52 3.71 $20.13 $41,880


About May 2014 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015