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: $16.13/hr
Median: $18.59/hr
Experienced: $22.62/hr

Current Employment
1,035 (2017)

Projected Employment
1,086 (2028)

Growth for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

2017 Jobs2028 JobsChange (2018-2025)% Change (2018-2028)

Industries Employing Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2017)% of Occupation in Industry (2017)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2017)
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing11511.1%11%
Machine Shops787.6%3.8%
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance686.6%11.9%
Special Die and Tool, Die Set, Jig, and Fixture Manufacturing 464.5%1.4%
Other Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing424.1%1.7%

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.