The Average Salary of Pipeline Welders


Welders permanently join metals by fusing or melting the metal together. Pipeline welders install, connect and repair pipes. A pipeline welder may work on gas mains, water mains and sewer mains, according to the City of Duluth, Minn. Her work must be planned and accurate. A pipeline welder's salary depends on factors such as her location and the industry where she works.


  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics places pipeline welders under the category of "welders, cutters solderers and brazers." As of 2009, welders' average hourly pay was $17.61 and their average annual salary was $36,630, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Pipeline welders in the 10th percentile earned $23,420 each year; those in the 25th percentile earned $28,300 each year; those in the 50th percentile earned $34,750 each year; those in the 75th percentile earned $42,420 each year; and those in the 90th percentile earned $52,420 each year, according to the BLS.

Salary by Location

  • In 2009, welder salaries in Alaska averaged higher than in any other state, at $61,550 per year. In Hawaii, the second-highest-paying state for welding jobs, average salaries were $52,210 in 2009. Average salaries were slightly lower in the District of Columbia, at $51,900 per year; in Wyoming, salaries averaged $46,690 per year. Washington rounded out the list, where pipeline welder salaries averaged $43,150 each year. The highest-paying metropolitan area for the welding occupation was Anchorage, Alaska, where welders earned $60,180 per year on average, the BLS reports.

Salary by Industry

  • In 2009, pipeline welders in the spectator sports industry sector earned the highest average salaries. Salaries in this sector averaged $61,830 per year. Salaries averaged $55,770 in the natural gas distribution industry. In the pulp, paper and paperboard mills industry sector, welders earned $54,640 per year on average. In electric power generation, transmission and distribution, salaries averaged $54,510 and in pipeline transportation of natural gas, average salaries fell to $54,150 each year. The industry sector with the highest level of employment was architectural and structural metals manufacturing, where 46,350 welders averaged $33,330 per year, the BLS reports.

Other Factors

  • Other factors that may impact a pipeline welder's earnings are her level of experience and her skill level. Experienced welders are likely to earn more than inexperienced welders. Also, if a welder's work is consistently done properly and people are consistently satisfied with her work, she is likely to earn a higher salary.

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