The average annual earnings for an entry-level welder is $24,490, according to 2010 statistics reported in the Houston Chronicle. Wages vary by industry, with gas and electric utilities paying higher wages than most. Geography is also a factor in pay rate.
The 2012 median annual salary for all welders was $36,300, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. The lowest rate for that year was less than $24,720, and the highest was more than $56,130.
Though the demand for welders is not expected to grow significantly between 2012 and 2022, the job outlook is good, notes the Bureau of Labor Statistics, especially for welders with knowledge of the latest technologies.
Professional welder certifications garner higher wages, says the American Welding Society. However, the Houston Chronicler believes an AWS certification does not increase pay, though some employers may require certification as a condition of employment.