Occupational Employment Statistics


51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 1,860367$20.97/hr$15.99/hr$17.50/hr$20.05/hr$23.42/hr$26.01/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities560$22.50/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services550$21.35/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other Services260$19.52/hr
Public Administration40$27.77/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 140$22.71/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 280$18.64/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 340$21.68/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 340$21.84/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 470$24.11/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 600$20.49/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 670$19.34/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 680$23.56/hr10.2%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 750$21.52/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 860$23.11/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 890$20.00/hr3.5%
Southwest Balance of State 900$21.39/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 1,090$20.27/hr17.1%
Northwest Balance of State 1,360$19.92/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 1,860$20.05/hr15.7%
Central Minnesota 2,100$22.44/hr17.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,350$22.77/hr-1.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 4,420$22.64/hrN/A
Minnesota 9,410$21.65/hr6.8%

  • Operate safety equipment and use safe work habits.
  • Weld components in flat, vertical, or overhead positions.
  • Grind, cut, buff, or bend edges of workpieces to be joined to ensure snug fit, using power grinders and hand tools.
  • Clean joints of workpieces with wire brushes or by dipping them into cleaning solutions.
  • Remove rough spots from workpieces, using portable grinders, hand files, or scrapers.
  • Connect and turn regulator valves to activate and adjust gas flow and pressure so that desired flames are obtained.
  • Align and clamp workpieces together, using rules, squares, or hand tools, or position items in fixtures, jigs, or vises.
  • Prepare all material surfaces to be welded, ensuring that there is no loose or thick scale, slag, rust, moisture, grease, or other foreign matter.
  • Mark or tag material with proper job number, piece marks, and other identifying marks as required.
  • Select and install torches, torch tips, filler rods, and flux, according to welding chart specifications or types and thicknesses of metals.