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Welder

Career Overview 

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

Skills and Abilities 

Welding, soldering, and brazing workers need good eyesight, hand-eye coordination, and manual dexterity. They should be able to concentrate on detailed work for long periods and be able to bend, stoop, and work in awkward positions. Skills necessary for this occupation include: braze and solder metal parts or components together; weld in flat, horizontal, vertical, or overhead position; operate metal or plastic fabricating equipment/machinery; climb ladders, towers, and scaffolding; read technical drawings; follow 
safety procedures. 

AVERAGE SALARY

  • $50,300 (annually)
  • $24.18 (hourly)

Salary Ranges (entry level > experienced) 

  • $28,362 - $72,960 (annually)
  • $13.64 - $35.08 (hourly)

*SOURCE: Occupational Employment Statistics Program, US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, for Colorado, from May 2018. https://www.bls.gov/oes/

 * Entry Level wage rates based on the average of the lower 1/3 of the wage distribution. Experienced wage rates based on the average of the top 10% of the wage distribution.

 

VIDEO SOURCE: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration on careeronestop.org

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