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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
Southwest Minnesota 1,08075$23.34/hr$18.94/hr$19.73/hr$24.15/hr$24.71/hr$29.46/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining150$33.34/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities560$24.60/hr
Professional and Business Services390$24.16/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other Services330$24.14/hr
Public Administration30$31.64/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 160$24.41/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 240$24.71/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 270$22.97/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 420$24.04/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 440$29.16/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 500$24.46/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 550$29.16/hr3.0%
St Cloud MN MSA 600$25.05/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 690$24.47/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 780$24.21/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 1,050$24.23/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 1,080$24.15/hr9.7%
Northwest Balance of State 1,080$24.15/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 1,110$24.22/hr8.0%
Northwest Minnesota 1,160$24.16/hr9.4%
Central Minnesota 1,850$24.75/hr8.7%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,210$25.02/hr8.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 5,250$24.98/hrN/A
Minnesota 10,120$24.65/hr7.7%

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Determine required equipment and welding methods, applying knowledge of metallurgy, geometry, and welding techniques.
  • Melt and apply solder along adjoining edges of workpieces to solder joints, using soldering irons, gas torches, or electric-ultrasonic equipment.