For someone interested in becoming a welder, there are many great training programs offered in vocational schools and community colleges all over the U.S. If you live in the state of Massachusetts, there are numerous options to choose from.
In Massachusetts, the annual pay scale ranges from $12.76 per hour or $26,540 per year for a welder with little experience to $27.11 per hour or $56,400 per year for a senior welder. The average is $21.57 per hour or $44,870 per year.
Historically, over the past 5 years, the average salary for an experienced welder has risen from $36,500 to $44,870 per year or a 5-year increase of 18.6%. Welders earn less than 70% of all careers in Massachusetts. When compared to the rest of the United States, Massachusetts ranks number 7 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 transferrable 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 Massachusetts, there are 3,440 jobs available for welders. By 2017, the projected number of jobs that will be available is expected to be 3,500, or a change of 1.5% from 2015. The average annual number of job openings is projected at 120.
Despite slow employment growth and low concentrations of employment opportunities in Massachusetts for welders, skilled welders with up-to-date training should have good job opportunities and wages that are higher than the national average.
|Assabet Valley Vocational Technical School||215 Fitchburg St., Marlboro, MA 01752||(508) 485-9430||Career and Technical Center|
|Blue Hills Regional Vocational Technical School||800 Randolph St, Canton, MA 02021||(781) 828-5800||High School|
|Charles H McCann Technical School||70 Hodges Cross Road, North Adams, MA 01247||(413) 663-5383||Career and Technical Center|
|Joseph P. Keefe Technical School||750 Winter Street, Framingham, MA 0170||(508) 416-2100||Career and Technical Center|
|Northeast Metro Regional Vocational||100 Hemlock Road, Wakefield, MA 01880||(781) 246-0810||N/A|
|Old Colony Regional Vocational Tech||476 North Avenue, Rochester, Massachusetts, 02770||(508) 763-8011||N/A|
|Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School||100 Cook St, Billerica, MA 01821||(978) 667-2111||High School|
|Tri-County Regional Vocational||147 Pond Street Franklin, MA 02038||(508) 528-5400||Adult (all other)|
|Attleboro Tech Voc High School||100 Rathbun Willard DR, Attleboro, MA 02703||(508) 222-5150|
|Franklin County Technical School||82 Industrial BLVD,|
Turners Falls, MA 01376
|Minuteman Career & Technical High School||758 Marrett Rd, Lexington, MA 02421||(781) 861-6500||High School|
|Westover Job Corps Center||103 Johnson RD, Chicopee, MA 01022||(413) 593-4015||Adult (all other)|