Welder Pay & Benefits

Oil and gas companies are attracting welders from other industries because of the higher salaries they offer. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average welder ranges between $13.20 and $19.61 per hour.

But welders who work offshore on an oil rig may start out as high as $60,000 annually, earning $100,000 or more after a few years. The American Welding Society reports that experienced underwater welders may earn $100,000 to $200,000 per year.

Many companies provide benefits including health insurance and paid vacation. Actual salaries are determined by employer demand, geographic location, whether the drilling rig is land-based or offshore, education level, certifications, and experience. Welders are typically employed directly by the drilling company or as an employee of an independent oilfield service company.

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