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Welder - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "Welder"

How much does a Welder in the federal government get paid? $69,937.50* *Based on the 2021 average.

Welder was the 350th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 146 employed. The most common payscale was the nonsupervisory pay schedules - federal wage system payscale.

In 2021, the U.S. Coast Guard hired the most employees titled Welding, with an average salary of $65,840.

Government Welding jobs are classified under the Federal Wage Schedule, Wage Grade (FWS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Welding job is FWS-8, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is FWS-11. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This standard covers the nonsupervisory work of welding metals and alloys. The work requires knowledge of electric, gas, and other welding processes such as electron beam welding, and the skill to apply these processes in manufacturing, repairing, modifying, rebuilding, and assembling various types of metal and alloy parts, equipment, systems, and structures such as buildings, aircraft, and ships.

Agencies that have hired a Welder

Welder Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Welder is $69,937.50. The highest paid Welder made $133,267 in 2021.

Common Welder Payscales

Payscale Number of Welding Employees
WG - Nonsupervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage System 87
WS - Supervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage System 25
WL - Leader Pay Schedule - Federal Wage System 24
BB - Nonsupervisory - Negotiated Pay Employees 8
BS - Supervisory - Negotiated Pay Employees 1
WB - Wage Positions Under The Federal Wage System Not Otherwise Designated 1

Starting Paygrade: $10.68 to $28.58 / hour at paygrade FWS-8
Maximum Paygrade: $12.06 to $34.60 / hour at paygrade FWS-11

Other Jobs at the FWS-8 Paygrade

FWS-8 is the starting paygrade for Welding jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the FWS-8 paygrade.

Occupation Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Electric Power ControllingFWS-8FWS-10
Engineering Equipment OperatingFWS-8FWS-11
Aircraft ElectricianFWS-8FWS-10
Electronic Industrial Controls MechanicFWS-8FWS-12

Average Welding Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Welder was $48,941. Since then, the average pay has increased to $69,938 in 2021.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 3703.

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