14 Best Welding Schools in Oregon

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The Pacific Northwest State of Oregon has a lot of diversity and natural beauty. What are the opportunities for a welder in the Beaver State? This article will give you a brief outline of both the educational opportunities and earnings potential you’ll have if you live in or move to Oregon to work in welding.

 

Salary

As of December 2019, the hourly scale for a welder in Oregon ranges from $15.00 per hour to $29.37 per hour with the average being $18.60. Annually, that’s a range of about $31,500 to $60,000 per year for full/time work. The median wage for an Oregon welder is $19.75 per hour, which is about $41,100 per year.

Thirty-five percent of other trades earn more than welders in Oregon. Compared with the rest of the states, Oregon ranks 25th in terms of average salary paid.

 

Welding Job Market in Oregon

The best wages are normally earned by those who have been able to keep abreast of the latest developments and technology in welding. Additionally, welding skills are very transferrable among employers and states. Nationwide most employers are in the construction and manufacturing sectors, as well as electric and gas utilities.

 

There are currently about 5260 welding jobs in Oregon. The projected number of jobs that will be available is expected to increase to about 5980, about 14% growth, by 2024.

In terms of pay for welders, Oregon finds itself exactly in the middle compared to all the states. There appears to be a high level of growth in the field, which will lead to more job openings becoming available. Be sure to check out some of the schools and see what opportunities you can pursue in your welding career in Oregon.

What cities are most popular in Oregon for welders?

Below are the cities in Oregon that hire the most welders. $ amount in parentheses represents the average wage.

  • Salem ($21.39 hourly, or about $44,500 annually)
  • Portland ($21.07 hourly, or about $44,000 annually)
  • Hillsboro ($20.59 hourly, or about $42,500 annually)

What companies are hiring in Oregon?

  • Zachry Construction Corporation ($38.60 hourly, or $80,000 annually)
  • BAE Systems ($34.55 hourly, or about $71,500 annually

Name of Institution
Address
Phone Number
Institution Type
Angell Job Corps335 Ne Blodgett Rd
Yachats, Or 97498
(541) 547 5634
(541) 547 5695
N/A
Central Oregon Community College2600 N.W. College Way
Redmond Bldg. 3
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 383 7500
(541) 383 7506
2 Yr. College
Clackamas Community CollegeLibrary
19600 S Molalla Ave
Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 657 6958
(503) 655 5153
N/A
Clatsop Community College1653 Jerome Avenue
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 338 7680
(503) 338 7672
2 Yr. College
Grants Pass School Dist #7830 9th Street
Grants, OR 97526
(541) 474 5710
(541) 474 5717
N/A
Linn Benton Community College6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321
(541) 917 4592
(541) 917 4605
2 Yr. College
Mt Hood Community College26000 South East Stark Street
Gresham, OR 97030
(503) 491 7209
(503) 667 7654
2 Yr. College
Rogue Community College - Redwood Campus3345 Redwood Hwy
Grants Pass, OR 97527
(541) 956 7427
(541) 471 3585
2 Yr. College
Southwestern Oregon Community College1988 Newmark Ave
Coos Bay, OR 97420
(541) 888 72392 Years (Welding Associates)
Timberlake Job Corps Center59868 East Hwy 224
Estacada OR
Estacada, OR 97023
(503) 834 2291
(503) 834 2333
N/A
Treasure Valley Comm CollegeTvcc Bookstore
650 College Blvd
Ontario, OR 97914
(503) 889-6493 X308
(503) 889 6493
2 Yr College
Umpqua Community CollegePo Box 967
Roseburg, OR 97470
(541) 440 7743
(541) 440 4716
2 Yr College
Wolf Creek Job Corps2010 Opportunity Lane
Glide, OR 97443
(541) 496 3507
(541) 496 8515
Adult (All Other)
WW NDT Services Welding School2611 B West 5th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97402
(541) 914 9077CTE