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Welding Machine Operators

Brazing and Welding Machine Operators


Training and Education

Fast Facts*
Recommended Degree LevelCertificate or Higher
Salary, Typical$34,720
Salary Range$23K - $52K
Number of Jobs, 201249,430
Annual Job Growth Rate3.2%
Job Openings per Year (est.)1,380

Having a postsecondary vocational award may make it easier to find a job. Employees with a bachelor's degree or higher are 2% of the total. About 25% of brazing and welding machine operators have some college education, but do not have a degree. High school was all the education required by 73% of workers to get a job.


Part-Time Work and Self-Employment

Government survey data shows that 2% of employees work fewer than 40 hours per week. Some 7% of brazing and welding machine operators work primarily as a consultant.


Salaries by City

See typical salaries and ranges for this career below*. Shift click to sort by more than one column -- for example first shift-click on state and then shift-click on salary to find best and worst salaries in each state.

StateCity / RegionTypical SalarySalary RangeJob Count% of All Jobs
ALAnniston - Oxford$40,910$27K - $47K600.13%
ALBirmingham - Hoover$33,130$21K - $48K1900.04%
ALGadsden$27,800$25K - $31K1300.38%
ALHuntsville$30,650$25K - $46K1100.05%
ALMobile$38,510$27K - $46KN/AN/A
ALMontgomery$36,200$31K - $45K1000.07%
ARFayetteville - Springdale - Rogers$33,640$24K - $49K400.02%
ARFort Smith$34,530$28K - $41KN/AN/A
AZPhoenix - Mesa - Glendale$41,960$32K - $57K1500.01%
CABakersfield - Delano$34,900$31K - $45KN/AN/A
CAFresno$26,440$21K - $45KN/AN/A
CALos Angeles - Long Beach - Glendale (Metro Area)$29,040$21K - $63K8300.02%
CAOakland - Fremont - Hayward (Metro Area)$39,170$24K - $59K3500.04%
CAOxnard - Thousand Oaks - Ventura$35,880$25K - $68KN/AN/A
CARiverside - San Bernardino - Ontario$34,400$19K - $49KN/AN/A
CASacramento - Arden - Arcade - Roseville$32,790$26K - $44K500.01%
CASan Diego - Carlsbad - San Marcos$41,450$24K - $63KN/AN/A
CASan Jose - Sunnyvale - Santa Clara$41,750$31K - $58K2200.02%
CASan Luis Obispo - Paso Robles$29,700$25K - $37KN/AN/A
CASanta Ana - Anaheim - Irvine (Metro Area)$31,550$22K - $47K4900.03%
CASanta Rosa - Petaluma$34,610$26K - $45KN/AN/A
CAStockton$36,220$26K - $47K900.05%
CODenver - Aurora - Broomfield$36,760$19K - $68K2400.02%
COGreeley$36,400$32K - $46KN/AN/A
CTBridgeport - Stamford - Norwalk$41,320$19K - $59KN/AN/A
CTHartford - West Hartford - East Hartford$35,300$22K - $55K2300.04%
CTNew Haven$45,990$29K - $58KN/AN/A
CTNorwich - New London$42,940$32K - $83K400.03%
DCWashington - Arlington - Alexandria (Metro Area)$33,490$21K - $55K1000.00%
FLMiami - Miami Beach - Kendall (Metro Area)$35,620$30K - $46K300.00%
FLOrlando - Kissimmee - Sanford$34,390$27K - $43K1200.01%
FLTampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater$31,570$25K - $41K400.00%
GAAtlanta - Sandy Springs - Marietta$34,130$25K - $44K4000.02%
GAAugusta - Richmond County$31,610$23K - $43K1100.05%
GASavannah$26,860$17K - $50KN/AN/A
HIHonolulu$49,400$38K - $58KN/AN/A
IADavenport - Moline - Rock Island$28,130$24K - $43K600.03%
IADes Moines - West Des Moines$33,520$26K - $45K1400.04%
IAWaterloo - Cedar Falls$35,540$21K - $47K1900.21%
IDBoise City - Nampa$32,430$21K - $39K300.01%
ILChicago - Joliet - Naperville (Metro Area)$30,130$21K - $65K1,7600.05%
ILLake County - Kenosha County (Metro Area)$33,410$23K - $47KN/AN/A
ILPeoria$31,990$23K - $39K1100.06%
ILRockford$33,620$21K - $44K900.07%
INElkhart - Goshen$27,400$18K - $37K4000.37%
INFort Wayne$32,810$25K - $45K1100.06%
INGary (Metro Area)$29,840$22K - $39K900.03%
INIndianapolis - Carmel$29,540$22K - $39K6100.07%
INMichigan City - La Porte$30,610$24K - $55K600.15%
INSouth Bend - Mishawaka$31,030$20K - $38K1000.08%
KSWichita$41,510$29K - $54K2100.07%
KYLouisville - Jefferson County$32,540$22K - $38K5700.10%
LABaton Rouge$40,390$32K - $56K1800.05%
LAHouma - Bayou Cane - Thibodaux$39,930$29K - $47K1100.12%
LALafayette$36,580$29K - $48K600.04%
LANew Orleans - Metairie - Kenner$39,040$32K - $48K500.01%
LAShreveport - Bossier City$41,190$32K - $47K600.03%
MABoston - Cambridge - Quincy (Metro Area)$34,030$23K - $56K2000.01%
MAFramingham (Metro Area)$42,920$29K - $58K600.04%
MASpringfield$47,620$24K - $58KN/AN/A
MAWorcester$29,830$25K - $47K500.02%
MDBaltimore - Towson$44,180$30K - $71KN/AN/A
MIDetroit - Livonia - Dearborn (Metro Area)$49,740$22K - $67K9500.14%
MIGrand Rapids - Wyoming$36,500$22K - $46K3000.08%
MIHolland - Grand Haven$32,980$22K - $45K2400.24%
MILansing - East Lansing$34,840$23K - $39K700.04%
MISaginaw - Saginaw Township North$31,760$23K - $45K500.06%
MIWarren - Troy - Farmington Hills (Metro Area)$35,560$20K - $51K5200.05%
MNMinneapolis - St. Paul - Bloomington$43,200$30K - $64K6500.04%
MNRochester$35,610$26K - $45KN/AN/A
MNSt. Cloud$37,040$25K - $47K1100.11%
MOJoplin$29,900$25K - $38K500.06%
MOKansas City$34,360$22K - $43K1100.01%
MOSpringfield$34,550$31K - $38K1000.05%
MOSt. Louis$36,100$24K - $72K3800.03%
MSJackson$34,490$25K - $56K400.02%
NCAsheville$30,460$21K - $48K500.03%
NCCharlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill$31,730$22K - $46K3600.04%
NCGreensboro - High Point$33,310$24K - $45K1500.05%
NCHickory - Lenoir - Morganton$30,440$22K - $45K700.05%
NCRaleigh - Cary$34,440$26K - $47KN/AN/A
NCWinston - Salem$50,510$29K - $59K3800.19%
NDBismarck$37,770$18K - $46K500.08%
NDFargo$36,980$31K - $49K800.06%
NHNashua (Metro Area)$28,170$17K - $46KN/AN/A
NHRochester - Dover$33,710$26K - $46KN/AN/A
NJCamden (Metro Area)$36,640$26K - $53K400.01%
NJEdison - New Brunswick (Metro Area)$34,050$24K - $46K1200.01%
NJNewark - Union (Metro Area)$34,960$22K - $48KN/AN/A
NVLas Vegas - Paradise$41,690$24K - $52KN/AN/A
NYBuffalo - Niagara Falls$47,530$27K - $61K2800.05%
NYElmira$37,220$27K - $46K1000.27%
NYNassau - Suffolk (Metro Area)$34,420$25K - $53K1800.01%
NYNew York - White Plains - Wayne (Metro Area)$35,130$25K - $48K4300.01%
NYRochester$32,000$25K - $44K900.02%
NYSyracuse$40,740$31K - $47K300.01%
NYUtica - Rome$35,370$23K - $54KN/AN/A
OHAkron$39,070$30K - $65K2000.06%
OHCanton - Massillon$34,480$25K - $44K1800.11%
OHCincinnati - Middletown$28,290$22K - $43K6900.07%
OHCleveland - Elyria - Mentor$36,880$22K - $58K5700.06%
OHColumbus$35,520$23K - $55KN/AN/A
OHDayton$36,380$28K - $48K1300.03%
OHMansfield$22,310$20K - $28K1800.36%
OHSpringfield$54,880$47K - $61K600.12%
OHToledo$29,210$25K - $47KN/AN/A
OHYoungstown - Warren - Boardman$38,540$30K - $47K800.04%
OKOklahoma City$32,990$26K - $41K2400.04%
OKTulsa$38,060$26K - $48K3800.09%
OREugene - Springfield$39,810$29K - $47K500.04%
ORPortland - Vancouver - Hillsboro$39,740$30K - $48K1900.02%
PAAllentown - Bethlehem - Easton$40,690$29K - $49K400.01%
PAErie$36,230$25K - $46K800.06%
PALancaster$36,800$29K - $46KN/AN/A
PAPhiladelphia (Metro Area)$37,100$26K - $47K2300.01%
PAPittsburgh$39,270$29K - $52K2200.02%
PAReading$42,460$35K - $47K400.02%
PAScranton - Wilkes - Barre$31,550$21K - $38K300.01%
PAYork - Hanover$38,240$26K - $54KN/AN/A
RIProvidence - Fall River - Warwick$29,370$18K - $53K1800.03%
SCAnderson$35,350$32K - $42KN/AN/A
SCCharleston - North Charleston - Summerville$37,320$32K - $70K600.02%
SCColumbia$32,410$26K - $44KN/AN/A
SCGreenville - Mauldin - Easley$35,470$26K - $53K900.03%
SDSioux Falls$32,890$26K - $37K400.03%
TNChattanooga$42,540$34K - $51KN/AN/A
TNJohnson City$31,030$26K - $38K300.04%
TNKingsport - Bristol - Bristol$32,150$25K - $40K1400.12%
TNKnoxville$30,950$26K - $47K1200.04%
TNMemphis$33,750$21K - $46KN/AN/A
TNNashville - Davidson - Murfreesboro - Franklin$33,830$23K - $43K2600.04%
TXAustin - Round Rock - San Marcos$30,760$22K - $45KN/AN/A
TXDallas - Plano - Irving (Metro Area)$29,670$20K - $45K2000.01%
TXFort Worth - Arlington (Metro Area)$28,800$22K - $43K3600.04%
TXHouston - Sugar Land - Baytown$33,830$24K - $48K1,3100.05%
TXLongview$28,630$17K - $41K2200.23%
TXOdessa$39,260$26K - $62KN/AN/A
TXSan Antonio - New Braunfels$28,990$22K - $43K1000.01%
UTOgden - ClearfieldN/AN/A - N/A600.03%
UTSalt Lake City$31,630$20K - $39K500.01%
VABlacksburg - Christiansburg - Radford$51,530$34K - $60K1400.22%
VALynchburg$27,560$25K - $30K800.08%
VARichmond$37,410$28K - $47K800.01%
VARoanoke$33,140$26K - $43K2400.16%
WASeattle - Bellevue - Everett (Metro Area)$34,580$20K - $64K2500.02%
WASpokane$37,270$29K - $52K1200.06%
WIAppleton$37,240$29K - $58K400.03%
WIGreen Bay$39,340$28K - $51K1100.07%
WIMadison$34,060$26K - $46K800.02%
WIMilwaukee - Waukesha - West Allis$37,630$31K - $56K8400.10%
WIOshkosh - Neenah$36,000$23K - $47KN/AN/A
WIRacine$37,420$26K - $56K500.07%
WIWausau$37,980$31K - $47K1400.22%

Area Job Conditions

Cities with few jobs per capita for employees are Washington (District of Columbia), Las Vegas (Nevada), and Austin (Texas). The most jobs are found in Oshkosh (Wisconsin), Monroe (Michigan), and Springfield (Ohio).

Within the US, the highest salaries for brazing and welding machine operators are found in Monroe (Michigan), Albany (New York), and Virginia Beach (Virginia), and the lowest are found in Gadsden (Alabama), Houma (Louisiana), and Johnson City (Tennessee).