51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Occupational Description:
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.

Occupational Employment Statistics(OES) Wage Data
Wages Updated to First Quarter, 2018
GeographyEmploymentEmp SE*MeanMean SE*10th25thMedian75th90th
Central Minnesota 2,34097$21.94/hr$0.45/hr$16.14/hr$18.16/hr$21.31/hr$24.72/hr$29.03/hr
Minnesota 9,650454$21.71/hr$0.22/hr$15.59/hr$17.58/hr$20.94/hr$24.90/hr$29.64/hr
U S 377,2503,395$21.18/hr$0.06/hr$13.40/hr$16.23/hr$19.64/hr$24.61/hr$30.82/hr
*SE = Standard error, a measure of the statistical reliability of the estimate.

Leading Industries for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
IndustryOES EmploymentOES Median Wage
Professional and Business Services40$22.78/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities30$42.14/hr
Other Regional Data For Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
Geography (click title for details)OESProjections
EmploymentMedian Wage% Change 2014 - 2024
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,500 $22.24/hr -4.1%
Central Minnesota 2,340 $21.31/hr 5.5%
Northwest Minnesota 1,470 $19.46/hr 3.0%
Southeast Minnesota 1,110 $20.07/hr 5.8%
Southwest Minnesota 970 $19.38/hr 15.6%
Northeast Minnesota 600 $23.37/hr 3.4%
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