Pipeline welders earn on average $22.12 per hour as of July 2015, though the range can vary widely from $15.23 to $36.01, according to Payscale.com. Job location is the biggest factor influencing pay, followed by length of experience.
Pipeline welders work for companies that lay down, maintain and fix pipelines. Welders often work under harsh conditions in inclement weather, confined work spaces, or high up on a scaffold or underwater. The work is physically demanding, requiring occasional heavy lifting and soldering in contorted positions. Most work is full time with plenty of overtime.
Jobs for welders are expected to increase by 6 percent for the period 2012 to 2022, and skilled welders have good job prospects, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.