Highest Paying Welding Jobs By State

Highest Paying Welding Jobs By State - The article highlighted an article on the jobs created in USA Today, which used Emsi data to target areas with middle-skills, such as welding, that students can be prepared for by an education at a community college. 

The article also included an article by The Wall Street Journal about an unemployed 24 year old Texan who earned $140,000 as a welder following graduation in Texas State Technical College.

Highest Paying Welding Jobs By State

The first version of this article proved to be extremely popular that we made the decision to go over the information and make changes. 

Additionally, with so many people returning to college to upgrade their skills or to change their job field in light of current economic instability It's important to keep in mind that it's not always necessary to have an undergraduate degree for an attractive job and earn a steady income.

When we wrote this piece back in 2015, we were comparing 2013 earnings of those in the 10th percentile in the top 10% of welders from between the bottom and top six states of welders. 

The data also compared the median earnings for these states.

At the time that this information was collected, welders who were within the top 10 percentile had the highest earnings in Alaska at $43.83 for an hour. 

Hawaii as well as North Dakota followed close behind ($39.75 and $39.05 for each). 

The top-end welding salaries in these states are an average of $83,000-$91,000 annually when they work at full-time (40 days per week over 52 consecutive weeks).

With Alaska, Hawaii, and North Dakota, the top six states that had welders were:

  • Alaska
  • Hawaii
  • North Dakota
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming
  • Nevada

The states with the lowest scores included:

  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Nebraska
  • Arkansas
  • Iowa
  • South Dakota

Based on data from Q1 of 2020, the most popular states of the most popular states are:

  • Alaska
  • New Mexico
  • Wyoming
  • West Virginia
  • Hawaii
  • Massachusetts

The 6 smallest are:

  • Kentucky
  • Nebraska
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • South Dakota
  • Iowa

Alaska remains at the top spot.

However, Hawaii as well as North Dakota have dropped into fifth and eighth places in the respective rankings. 

New Mexico leap-frogged 4 other states to finish second. 

However, there's more to consider when we analyze the salaries of welders.

In this data collection we also added a new layer of analysis that we called cost of living (CoL).

Welders may earn the highest amount of money in Alaska however, how much can that money take you in Alaska depending on the cost of living to reside there? 

If the wages of welders are adjusted to reflect the cost of living, we get a totally different outcome.

If adjusted for costs of living information indicates how New Mexico takes the top position, with the highest 10th percentile welders earning $45.65/hour prior to CoL adjustment in addition to $44.19 following CoL adjustment. 

Although welders in Alaska could earn the most money, it has less purchasing power than other states.

This highlights the importance of taking into account the cost of living when you compare the wages of different regions.

When comparing the latest data to 2013 data, the most important thing to consider is "Have these jobs grown since we last covered them?" In every state, with the exception of four and in the District of Columbia, the answer is "Yes!" And in 23 states, there are over 1,000 jobs openings every year since the year 2013.

Opportunities for high-paying and high-skilled jobs that do not require the completion of a four-year college degree are available.

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