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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 Michigan, there are numerous options to choose from.
In Michigan, the annual pay scale ranges from $12.02 per hour or $24,500 per year for a welder with little experience to $24.95 per hour or $52,000 per year for a senior welder. The average is $17.83 per hour or $37,500 per year.
Historically, over the past 5 years, the average salary for an experienced welder has risen from roughly $35,500 to $38,000 per year or a 5-year increase of 6.5%. Welders earn less than 69% of all careers in Michigan. When compared to the rest of the United States, Michigan ranks number 40 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, in Michigan, the large automobile industry tends to be the largest industry for welders.
Currently in Michigan, there are 13,400 jobs available for welders. By 2024, the projected number of jobs is expected to increase by 4.0% to about 13,900.
Michigan has a high demand for skilled tradesman and welders are near the top of the list. Michigan has long been a manufacturing-oriented economy but the aging and retirement of those in the skilled trades are creating a great need for replacement workers. Skilled welders with up-to-date training should have excellent job opportunities and wages that are higher than the national average.
Below are the cities in Michigan 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.
The following companies are some of the most popular companies to hire welders. They may not indicate the median or average.
|Mid Michigan Community College - Mt. Pleasant||2600 S. Summerton, Mt. Pleasnt, MI 48858||(989) 773-6622||Community College|
|Mid Michigan Community College - Harrison||1375 S Clare Ave, Harrison MI 48625||(989) 386-6622||Community College|
|United Technical Inc.||21001 Pontiac Trail||(248) 667-9185||CTE|
|Allegan County Area Technical Education Center||2891 116th AV, Allegan, MI 49010||(269) 673-3121||CTE|
|Alpena Community College||665 Johnson ST, Alpena, MI 49721||(989) 358-7268||2 Year College|
|Baker College Of Flint||1717 South Dont Highway, Flint, MI 48503||(810) 766-2260||2 Year College|
|Calhoun Area Technology Center||475 E Roosevelt AV, Battle Creek, MI 49017||(616) 968-2271|
|Delta College||1961 University Center, University Center, MI 48710||(989) 686-9099||2 Year College|
|Detroit Job Corps Center||11801 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit, MI 48214||(313) 852-0300|
|Downriver Career Technical||22000 Gibraltar RD, Flat Rock, MI 48134||(734) 782-3194||CTE|
|Flint Genesee Job Corps Center||2400 North Saginaw ST, Flint MI 48505||(810) 232-9102|
|Gogebic Community College||E 4946 Jackson RD, Ironwood, MI 49938||(800) 682-5910||2 Year College|
|Grand Rapids Community College||143 Bostwick AV NE, Grand Rapids, MI 48901||(616) 234-3178||2 Year College|
|Kalamazoo Valley Comm College||6767 West O AV, Kalamazoo, MI 49003||(269) 488-4219||2 Year College|
|Kellogg Community College||405 Hill Brady RD, Battle Creek, MI 49037||(269) 965-4137||2 Year College|
|Lake Michigan College||2755 E Napier AV, Benton Harbor, MI 49022||(269) 927-1000||2 Year College|
|Mecosta-Osceola Career Center||15830 190th AV, Big Rapids, MI 49307||(231) 796-5805||CTE|
|Merrill Institute||520 Republic AV, Alma, MI 48801||(989) 462-0311||CTE|
|Muskegon Community College||221 S Quaterline RD, Muskegon, MI 49442||(231) 777-0358||2 Year College|
|Newaygo County Career-Tech Center||4645 W 48th ST, Fremont, MI 49412||(616) 924-0380||CTE|
|Oakland Community College||2900 Featherstone RD, Auburn Hills, MI 48326||(248) 232-4054||2 Year College|
|Schoolcraft College||18600 Haggerty RD, Livonia, MI 48152-2696||(734) 462-4400 ext. 51||2 Year College|
|Southwestern Michigan College||2229 US 12, Niles, MI 49120||(269) 687-5640||2 Year College|
|St Joseph County Career & Technical Education Consortium||62445 Shimmel RD, Centreville, MI 49032||(269) 435-8920|
|Sheetmetal Workers Local 80 - Training Center||32700 Dequindre RD, Warren, MI 48092||(810) 979-5190||Adult (all other)|