The median average salary for welders was $37,420 per year as of May 2014 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The average salary for welders as of this time was $40,040 per year. In the architectural sector, which employs the most welders, the average annual salary was $36,710.
The highest average salary among the largest employment sectors for welders was $42,710 per year in ship and boat building. Among states, Alaska was the highest paying for welders with an average annual salary of $71,910. Hawaii had the next-highest average at $59,120 per year, followed by the District of Columbia at $57,390 and Wyoming at $52,980 per year.