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Occupational Summary for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers (51-4121)
Oregon Statewide

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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.
Employment Projections
Region Employment Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 4,402 5,032 63 108 171
Current Job Openings
Job Title Location Order Number Wage Offered
Welder / Fitter Eugene 1228527 DOE
Welder Springfield 1227575 $14.00/hr
Fitter/welder Springfield 1227515 $14.00/hr
TIG Welder Portland 1227415 $17.00/hr
Welder/Fabricator Harrisburg 1226638 $14.00/hr to $16.00/hr DOE
Aluminum TIG Welder Redmond 1226635 DOE
TIG Welder (Stainless) Portland 1226592 $17.85/hr
Stick Welder/Fabricator Albany 1225286 $20.00/hr to $28.00/hr DOE
Welder N/Ne Portland 1225212 $15.00/hr to $17.00/hr DOE
TIG Welder Portland 1225091 $17.00/hr to $20.00/hr DOE
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Wages
Region ----- 2014 Wages -----
Median Hourly Avg
Annual
Middle Range
Oregon Statewide $19.26 $40,286 $15.89 - 22.36
Industries of Employment
private sector only
Industry 2012
Employment
Total All Industries 4,402
Total All Industries 4,366
Manufacturing 3,371
Other Services (except Government) 245
Wholesale Trade 241
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services 165
Construction 127
Occupations with Similar Skills
Occupation Skill Overlap
Welding, Soldering, And Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders 66%
Metal Workers And Plastic Workers, All Other 40%
Layout Workers, Metal And Plastic 40%
Structural Iron And Steel Workers 39%
Plating And Coating Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic 38%
Statewide Employment Analysis
Employment in this occupation in 2012 was much larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be much higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at about the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist.

Educational Requirements
The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. Those with a postsecondary non-degree award have a competitive advantage in the labor market. In addition, moderate-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.