Reasons to Consider a Welding Career
Be Financially Secure
Local Wage Statistics
In a May, 2014 survey of 36 graduates from central Wisconsin welding programs in 2013, 30 of 31 respondents found employment in the field. They earned salaries between $23,920 and $145,600, with an average of $41,948. (Note: Some graduates were previously employed in the industry.)
National Wage Statistics
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does a comprehensive job survey every four years. In the 2012 survey, workers in the category of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers earned a median wage of $36,300. 80% earned between $24,700 and $56,100, with 10% earning more.
Be an Adventurer
Welders willing to travel and/or take on risk can see the world while earning very high pay.
- Military support welders can start at $160,000 per year, and can make more than $200,000 per year working in the Middle East
- Traveling industrial pipe welders: $50,000–$185,000 per year
- Underwater welders: $100,000–$200,000 per year
Be in Demand
Because welders are needed in almost every industry, welders can change industries without starting a new career. Weld to Work can provide you with high-value, flexible skill sets.
In Wisconsin alone, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects there will be 490 new job openings in welding per year through 2020.
The American Welding Society estimates that in the U.S., due to increasing demand and the expected retirement of large numbers of welders now in their 50s, there will be more than 33,000 job openings in the welding industry per year through 2023. That’s over 300,000 job opportunities for welders.
Be What You Want to Be
Welding can get you into a large variety of occupations in many industries, each with opportunities for advancement. Pathways and possibilities include:
- Project Management
Be Part of the Green Revolution
New, green industries are growing quickly, and many older industries are going green. The building and retooling projects involved are increasing demand for welders, making welding an excellent “green-collar” career choice. Be ready with Weld to Work.