5 Best Welding Schools in Hawaii

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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.

Welding Job Market in Hawaii

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!

What cities are most popular in Hawaii for welders?

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.

  • ‘Aiea ($28.52 hourly, or about $59,000 annually)
  • Pearl Harbor ($21.01. hourly, or about $44,000 annually)

There isn’t a lot of data which might explain the big difference, but these cities are also on different islands.

What companies are hiring in Hawaii?

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

  • Pacific Shipyards International
  • Welding Industries
  • Orbis, Inc.

Top Schools in Hawaii

Name of Institution
Phone Number
Institution Type
Hawaii Community College200 W Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96720(808) 974 74182 Yr College
Honolulu Community College874 Dillingham Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 845 92112 Yr College
Kalani High School4680 Kalanianaole Hwy Honolulu, HI 96821(808) 377 7744N/A
Kauai Community College3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy Lihue, HI 96766(808) 245.01342 Yr College
Maui Community College310 W. Ka'ahumanu, Kahului, HI 96732(808) 984 35002 Yr College