The average annual salary for welders as of 2012 is about $36,300, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The wage for a welder may vary depending on skill level, and the worker in question.
The lowest 10 percent of welders earned less than $24,720, while the top 10 percent earned above $56,130. Most welders work full time shifts, with overtime being quite common. Employment rates for welders are expected to go up between 2012 and 2022, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As infrastructure ages, demand for welders will increase as a result of the need to rebuild buildings, highways and bridges.