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: $17.13/hr
Median: $20.17/hr
Experienced: $23.51/hr

Current Employment
1,082 (2018)

Projected Employment
1,140 (2029)

Growth for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

2018 Jobs2029 JobsChange (2018-2029)% Change (2018-2029)

Industries Employing Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2018)% of Occupation in Industry (2018)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2018)
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing14012.9%11.7%
Machine Shops847.8%3.9%
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance615.6%11.1%
Special Die and Tool, Die Set, Jig, and Fixture Manufacturing 454.2%1.4%
Other Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing403.7%1.6%

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.