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If you live in Hawaii or would like to move to this island paradise, there are definitely opportunities if you are a welder. This article will provide you some information on how to become a welder as well as what you can expect to earn in Hawaii at different levels of your welding career.
Starting out, a welder in Hawaii can expect to earn around $18.00 an hour, or about $37,500 annually when working full time. The average in the top 10% of earners is about $38.50 per hour, or $79,500 full time. The range can depend on certification, experience and type of position. The median wage for a Hawaii welder is $28.20 per hour. That comes to about $58,000 per year.
Hawaii welders earn less than 46% of all trades careers in the state. Compared to all careers, welders earn less than 42% of the average income. Compared with the rest of the states, Hawaii ranks 4th in terms of average salary paid.
Keeping up with the latest changes and improvements in welding technology is essential to be able to work in the best jobs and make the most money.
Welding skills are universal; it’s relatively easy to practice your trade in a different state if you decide to move for any reason. If you learn welding in one region of the country, there’s not much difference in skills or requirements elsewhere. The biggest employers of welders in Hawaii work for the government and are often in construction or the shipping industry.
There are currently about 580 welding jobs in Hawaii. The BLS expects the number of available welding jobs to increase slightly to about 610 by 2024, around 2.7% growth.
There aren’t a whole lot of welding jobs in Hawaii, and only about 20 vacancies expected per year. But the earnings are very high for the state that ranks number 4 overall when weighing average wages for welders. Of course, this has to be weighed against the cost of living which is quite considerable. But who wouldn’t want to live in this beautiful spot!
Below are the cities in Hawaii 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.
There isn’t a lot of data which might explain the big difference, but these cities are also on different islands.
The following companies are some of the most popular companies to hire welders. They may not indicate the median or average.
|Hawaii Community College||200 W Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96720||(808) 974 7418||2 Yr College|
|Honolulu Community College||874 Dillingham Blvd.|
Honolulu, HI 96817
|(808) 845 9211||2 Yr College|
|Kalani High School||4680 Kalanianaole Hwy Honolulu, HI 96821||(808) 377 7744||N/A|
|Kauai Community College||3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy Lihue, HI 96766||(808) 245.0134||2 Yr College|
|Maui Community College||310 W. Ka'ahumanu, Kahului, HI 96732||(808) 984 3500||2 Yr College|