22 Best Welding Schools in Florida

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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.

Welding Job Market in Florida

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.

What cities are most popular in Florida for welders?

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.

  • Jacksonville ($19.60 hourly, or about $44,500 annually)
  • Orlando ($18.36 hourly, or about $42,500 annually)
  • Miami ($20.08 hourly, or about $44,500 annually)

What companies are hiring in Florida?

The following companies are some of the most popular companies to hire welders. They may not indicate the median or average.

  • Tradesmen International
  • Waste Management
  • BAE Systems

Top Schools in Florida

Institution Type
Seminole State College of Florida100 Weldon Blvd, Sanford, FL 32773-6199(407) 708-4722College
Eastern Florida State College1519 Clearlake Rd, Cocoa, FL 32922(321) 632-1111College
Tulsa Welding School3500 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville FL 32216(877) 935-3529CTE
Hydroweld USA114 Dockside Circle(954) 385-5678CTE
Bradford Union Area Career Technical Center609 North Orange St, Starke, FL 32351(904) 966-6763CTE
Brevard Community College - Cocoa Campus1519 Clearlake RD,
Cocoa, FL 32526
(321) 433-71752 Year College
CDA Technical Institute91 Trout River DR, Jacksonville, FL 32208(904) 766-7736CTE
Clewiston Welding School<475 E. Oceola AVE, Clewiston, FL 33440(863) 983-1511CTE
Daytona State College1200 West International Speedway BLVD, Daytona Beach FL 32114(386) 506-32792 years (Certificate of Completion)
Florida Keys Community College - Key West Campus5901 College RD, Key West FL 33040(321) 794-69962 Year College
Florida State College at Jacksonville101 West State ST, Room B115H, Jacksonville, FL 32202(904) 633-59432 Year College
George Stone Technical Center2400 Longleaf DR, Pensacola, FL 32809(850) 941-6200CTE
Indian River State College3209 Virginia AVE, Port St. Lucie, FL 34981(772) 462-47222 Year College
Florida Gateway College149 SE College PL, Lake City, FL 32025(386) 754-42142 Year College
Lake Technical College2001 Kurt ST, Eustis, FL 33881(352) 589-2250CTE
Locklin Tech5330 Berryhill RD, Milton, FL 32570(850) 983-5700CTE
Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology3702 Estey AVE, Naples, FL 341014(239) 377-0813CTE
Manatee Technical Institute6305 State RD 70 East,
Bradenton, FL 34203
(941) 751-7900 ext 1120CTE
Mid Florida Tech2900 W Oak Ridge RD, Orlando FL 32809(407) 251-6092
Pasco-Hernando Community College - East36727 Blanton RD, Dade City, FL 33523(727) 816-33712 Year College
Tom P. Haney Technical Center3016 Highway 77, Panama City, FL 32405(850) 747-5500CTE
Withlacoochee Technical Institute1201 W Main ST, Inverness, FL 34450(352) 726-2430Adult