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: $16.8/hr
Median: $20.06/hr
Experienced: $23/hr

Current Employment
940 (2019)

Projected Employment
1,021 (2030)

Growth for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

2019 Jobs2030 JobsChange (2019-2030)% Change (2019-2030)

Industries Employing Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2019)% of Occupation in Industry (2019)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2019)
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing12313%10%
Machine Shops768.1%3.4%
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance535.6%9.5%
Special Die and Tool, Die Set, Jig, and Fixture Manufacturing 384.1%1.2%
Other Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing374%1.4%

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.