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Occupational Summary for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers (51-4121)
in the Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook region

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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
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 102 119 2 2 4
Current Job Openings
Job Title Location Order Number Wage Offered
Shipyard Welder Astoria 1219905 $15.00/hr DOE
Welder Warrenton 1208115 DOE, Neg.
Certified Welder / Fabricator Astoria / Clatsop County Area 1201948 DOE, Neg.
Welder Rainier 1200150 $13.00/hr to $15.00/hr DOE, Neg.
Welder / Blacksmith Gearhart 1192005 DOE
Welder Scappoose 1190434 $15.00/hr to $23.00/hr DOE
Welder Astoria 1162610 $12.00/hr to $25.00/hr DOE
Plant Maintenance Welder Beaverton 1233999 DOE
TIG Welder (ADVM) Tualatin 1233931 $17.00/hr to $21.00/hr
Welder/Grinder/Ironworker Salem 1233929 $12.00/hr to $14.00/hr DOE
Wages
Region ----- 2014 Wages -----
Median Hourly Avg
Annual
Middle Range
Oregon Statewide $19.26 $40,286 $15.89 - 22.36
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 16.74 34,277 15.26 - 18.21
Industries of Employment
private sector only
Industry 2012
Employment
Total All Industries 102
Total All Industries 102
Manufacturing 78
Other Services (except Government) 24
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.

Regional Employment Analysis
Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat larger than the regional average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be much higher than the regional average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at about the regional average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.
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.