Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $15.90/hr
Median: $18.09/hr
Experienced: $22.37/hr

Current Employment
1,074 (2016)

Projected Employment
1,138 (2025)

Growth for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

2015 Jobs2025 JobsChange (2015-2025)% Change (2015-2025)

Industries Employing Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2016)% of Occupation in Industry (2016)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2016)
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing1009.3%11.0%
Machine Shops777.1%4.2%
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance635.9%11.0%
Special Die and Tool, Die Set, Jig, and Fixture Manufacturing 423.9%1.3%
Temporary Help Services403.7%0.5%

Occupational Tasks

  • Examine seams for defects and rework defective joints or broken parts.
  • Align and clamp workpieces together, using rules, squares, or hand tools, or position items in fixtures, jigs, or vises.
  • Melt and apply solder along adjoining edges of workpieces to solder joints, using soldering irons, gas torches, or electric-ultrasonic equipment.
  • Clean workpieces to remove dirt or excess acid, using chemical solutions, files, wire brushes, or grinders.
  • Grind, cut, buff, or bend edges of workpieces to be joined to ensure snug fit, using power grinders and hand tools.