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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
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,590126$27.52/hr$20.56/hr$23.55/hr$26.06/hr$30.19/hr$35.05/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining120$33.26/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities720$25.08/hr
Professional and Business Services430$24.29/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Other Services420$24.03/hr
Public Administration40$35.53/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 200$25.31/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 240$23.26/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 300$25.96/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 320$24.28/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 470$28.85/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 520$24.68/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 580$28.84/hr3.0%
St Cloud MN MSA 590$25.76/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 700$24.22/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 870$23.55/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 1,040$24.56/hr9.7%
Southwest Balance of State 1,120$25.66/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 1,160$23.68/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 1,210$23.97/hr8.0%
Northwest Minnesota 1,230$23.68/hr9.4%
Central Minnesota 1,890$25.16/hr8.7%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,590$26.06/hr8.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 5,600$25.83/hrN/A
Minnesota 10,780$25.03/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.