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There are many great training programs offered in vocational schools and community colleges all over Florida for those interested in becoming trained as a welder.
Most programs will teach you the basics of safe and efficient welding, the different types of welding methods that you will likely use and, prepare you to take the required certification exams.
As of 2019, in Florida, the annual pay scale ranges from $12.03 per hour or $25,000 per year for a welder with little experience to $25.37 per hour or $ 52,500 per year for a senior welder. The average is $18.98 per hour or $40,000 per year.
Welders earn less than 59% of all careers in Florida. When compared to the rest of the United States, Florida ranks number 44 in terms of average median salary paid.
Welders who keep up to date with the latest technology are in high demand with employers. Additionally, welding skills are very transferable among employers and states. Nationwide most employers are in the construction and manufacturing sectors; however, another large employer of welders is electric and gas utilities.
Currently, in Florida, there are 12,150 jobs available for welders. Job opportunities are expected to increase by 4.7% in 2024 12,700.
Attractive employment growth opportunities in Florida should bode well for those with up-to-date skills in welding. Wages, however, are expected to remain right at the national average. For higher wage opportunities, underwater welding holds much promise.
Below are the cities in Florida that hire the most welders. $ amount in parentheses represents the average wage for the city. Remember to take cost of living into account when considering wages, as it is more expensive to live in some cities compared to others.
The following companies are some of the most popular companies to hire welders. They may not indicate the median or average.
|Seminole State College of Florida||100 Weldon Blvd, Sanford, FL 32773-6199||(407) 708-4722||College|
|Eastern Florida State College||1519 Clearlake Rd, Cocoa, FL 32922||(321) 632-1111||College|
|Tulsa Welding School||3500 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville FL 32216||(877) 935-3529||CTE|
|Hydroweld USA||114 Dockside Circle||(954) 385-5678||CTE|
|Bradford Union Area Career Technical Center||609 North Orange St, Starke, FL 32351||(904) 966-6763||CTE|
|Brevard Community College - Cocoa Campus||1519 Clearlake RD,|
Cocoa, FL 32526
|(321) 433-7175||2 Year College|
|CDA Technical Institute||91 Trout River DR, Jacksonville, FL 32208||(904) 766-7736||CTE|
|Clewiston Welding School<||475 E. Oceola AVE, Clewiston, FL 33440||(863) 983-1511||CTE|
|Daytona State College||1200 West International Speedway BLVD, Daytona Beach FL 32114||(386) 506-3279||2 years (Certificate of Completion)|
|Florida Keys Community College - Key West Campus||5901 College RD, Key West FL 33040||(321) 794-6996||2 Year College|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||101 West State ST, Room B115H, Jacksonville, FL 32202||(904) 633-5943||2 Year College|
|George Stone Technical Center||2400 Longleaf DR, Pensacola, FL 32809||(850) 941-6200||CTE|
|Indian River State College||3209 Virginia AVE, Port St. Lucie, FL 34981||(772) 462-4722||2 Year College|
|Florida Gateway College||149 SE College PL, Lake City, FL 32025||(386) 754-4214||2 Year College|
|Lake Technical College||2001 Kurt ST, Eustis, FL 33881||(352) 589-2250||CTE
|Locklin Tech||5330 Berryhill RD, Milton, FL 32570||(850) 983-5700||CTE|
|Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology||3702 Estey AVE, Naples, FL 341014||(239) 377-0813||CTE|
|Manatee Technical Institute||6305 State RD 70 East,|
Bradenton, FL 34203
|(941) 751-7900 ext 1120||CTE|
|Mid Florida Tech||2900 W Oak Ridge RD, Orlando FL 32809||(407) 251-6092|
|Pasco-Hernando Community College - East||36727 Blanton RD, Dade City, FL 33523||(727) 816-3371||2 Year College|
|Tom P. Haney Technical Center||3016 Highway 77, Panama City, FL 32405||(850) 747-5500||CTE|
|Withlacoochee Technical Institute||1201 W Main ST, Inverness, FL 34450||(352) 726-2430||Adult|