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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 1,09080$20.04/hr$15.61/hr$17.28/hr$19.80/hr$22.70/hr$24.59/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining340$31.20/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities440$23.44/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services440$22.07/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and HospitalityN/A$40.17/hr
Other Services260$20.66/hr
Public Administration30$28.38/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 130$22.66/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 310$22.16/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 360$19.04/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 440$22.39/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 550$22.52/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 570$27.76/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 610$19.14/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 640$20.03/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 710$26.38/hr10.2%
St Cloud MN MSA 800$23.59/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 910$21.26/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 960$20.02/hr3.5%
Southeast Minnesota 1,090$19.80/hr17.1%
Northwest Balance of State 1,410$21.03/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 1,580$21.10/hr15.7%
Central Minnesota 2,070$22.80/hr17.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,730$24.44/hr-1.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 4,700$24.04/hrN/A
Minnesota 10,020$22.42/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.