The amount a union welder earns depends greatly on where he works, who his employers are, and what experience he has . The average hourly wage for a welder is about $22.80. An entry-level welder can make between $40,000 and $51,000 a year.
A more experienced welder can earn between $50,000 to $67,000 a year. Overtime opportunities allow welders to increase their yearly earnings. Apprentice welders earn a percentage of their employer's standard wage. After each work period and gained experience, pay tends to increase. The average wage for a welder with some experience is between $12 and $18 per hour, and the annual salary can range from $25,000 to $37,00 a year.