Welding Schools in Iowa

For those who live in Iowa or are interested in moving there, this article will provide you important information about income and educational opportunities about the welding trade. It’s a valuable beginning to your research on welding as a career in Iowa.


The pay scale for an Iowan ranges from $12.57 to $23.14 per hour, which equates to $26,100 to $48,100 per year. The range can depend on certification, experience and type of position. The median wage for an Iowa welder is $17.14 per hour, which comes to $35,700 per year for full-time work.

Iowa welders earn less than 78% of all trades careers in the state. Compared with the rest of the states, Iowa ranks 47th in terms of average salary paid.


Welding Job Market in Iowa

Keeping up with the latest changes in technology in the welding trade can help bring higher wages. It’s also important to remember that welding skills are very transferrable among employers and states. The construction and manufacturing sectors are the lead employers, followed by electric and gas utilities.


There are currently about 8510 welding jobs in Iowa. The projected number of jobs that will be available is expected to increase to about 9140, a 7%  increase, by 2024.

There is considerable growth in the number of welders need in Iowa. Right now it does rank as one of the areas with the lowest wage; however, it’s also important to compare the cost of living to see how this really competes with other areas.

Name of Institution
Phone Number
Institution Type
Davenport West VocationalWelding Program
3505 W Locust
Davenport, IA 52804
(563) 386 5500
(563) 386 5508
Denison Job Corps Center10 Opportunity Drive
Denison, Iowa
Denison, IA 51442
(712) 263 4192
(712) 263 6910
Iowa Lakes Community College3200 College Drive
Emmetsburg, IA 50536
(712) 852 52722 Yr. College
Iowa Valley Community College District3702 South Center Street
Marshalltown, IA 50158
(641) 844 5648
(641) 752 8149
2 Yr. College
Kirkwood Community College6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, P.O. Box 2068
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
(800) 363 22202 Yr. College
North Iowa Area Community College500 College Drive
Mason City, IA 50401
(641) 422 42782 Yr. College
Sequel Youth Services Of Iowa1820 N 16th St
Clarinda, IA 51632
(712) 542 3103N/A
Southeastern Community CollegeIndustrial Training Center, 335 Messenger Road
Keokuk, IA 52632
(319) 524 3221
(319) 524 8621
Southeastern Community College1500 West Agency Rd
Po Box 180
West Burlington, IA 52655-0180
(219) 208 5375
(319) 752 3407
2 Yr. College
Waverly-Shell Rock High School1405 4th Ave SW
Waverly, IA 50677
(319) 352 2087N/A