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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 Virginia, there are numerous options to choose from.
In Virginia, the annual pay scale ranges from $13.73 per hour or $28,000 per year for a welder with little experience to $26.13 per hour or $54,000 per year for a senior welder. The average is $21.71 per hour or $44,000 per year.
Welders earn less than 44% of all careers in Virginia. When compared to the rest of the United States, Virginia ranks number 16 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. In Virginia, there are proportionally more pipe welder jobs compared to other states.
Currently, in Virginia, there are 8,100 jobs available for welders. Job opportunities are expected to grow by about 1% annually to 2024, meaning around 80 jobs additional jobs per year will open up to about 8,500 in 2024.
Slow employment growth and low concentrations of employment opportunities in Virginia for welders reflect an overall decline in manufacturing businesses statewide. Skilled welders with up-to-date training, however, should have good job opportunities and wages that are higher than the national average.
Below are the cities in Virginia 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.
|Dabney Lancaster Community College||Po Box 1000 Clifton Forge, VA 24422||(877) 733-7522||2-Yrs College|
|Danville Community College||1008 S Main St Danville, VA 24541||(434) 797-8420||2-Yrs College|
|J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College - Western Campus||1851 Dickinson Rd. Goochland, VA 23063||(804) 371-3000||2-Yrs College|
|John Tyler Community College||13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy Chester, VA 23831||(804) 706-5140||2-Yrs College|
|Lord Fairfax Community College Workforce Solutions||173 Skirmisher Lane Middletown, VA 22645||(540)-868-7119 (540)-868-7020||2-Yrs College|
|Mountain Empire Community College||3441 Mountain Empire Rd Big Stone Gap, VA 24219||(276) 523-2400||2-Yrs College|
|Northern Virginia Community College -Manassas||6901 Sudley RD MANASSAS, VA 20109||(703) 257-6680||2-Yrs College|
|New River Community College||Route 100, P.O. Box 1127 Dublin, VA 24084||(540) 674-3600|
|Northern Virginia Community College - Manassas||6901 Sudley Rd Manassas, VA 20109||(703) 323-3000||2-Yrs College|
|Patrick Henry Community College||Po Box 5311 Martinsville, VA 24115||(276) 656-0325 (276) 656-0352||2-Yrs College|
|Paul D Camp Community College||PO Box 737 Franklin, VA 23851||(757) 569 6700||2-Yrs College|
|Southside Community College||118 East Danville St South Hill, VA 23970||(434) 955 2252||2-Yrs College|
|Southside Va Community College-Daniel||200 Daniel Rd Keysville, VA 23947||(434) 736 2000||2-Yrs College|
|Southwest Virginia Community College||PO Box SVCC Richlands, VA 24641||(276) 964-2555||2-Yrs College|
|Tidewater Community College - Portsmouth Campus||7000 College Drive Portsmouth, VA 23703||(757) 822-2193||2-Yrs College|
|Virginia Western Community College||P.O. Box 14007 Roanoke, VA 24038||(540)-857-6273 (540)-857-7386||2-Yrs College|
|Advanced Technology Institute||5700 Southern Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA 23462||(800) 468-1093||CTE|
|Blue Ridge Technical Center||280 Luray Avenue Front Royall, VA 22630||(540)-635-7123 (540)-635-6979||CTE|
|Botetourt Technical Education Center||253 Poor Farm Rd Fincastle, VA 24090||(540) 473-8376||CTE|
|Buchanan Technical and Career Center||1124 Almarine Dr Grundy, VA 24614||(276) 935-4541||CTE|
|C.S. Monroe Technology Center||715 Childrens Center Rd Sw Leesburg, VA 20175||(571) 252-2080 (703) 771-6563||CTE|
|Chesapeake Ctr For Sci & Tech||1617 Cedar Rd Chesapeake, VA 23322||(757) 547-0134||CTE|
|Hampton Roads Skills Center||925 48th Street Newport News, VA 23607||(757) 244-3860||CTE|
|Jackson River Tech Center||105 E Country Club Ln, Covington VA 24426||(540) 862-1308||CTE|
|Lee Co Career & Tech Ctr||PO BOX 100 Ben Hur, VA 24218||(276) 346-1960||CTE|
|Massanutten Technical Center||325 Pleasant Valley Rd Harrisonburg, VA 22801||(540) 434-5961 (540) 434-1402||CTE|
|Pittsylvania Career & Tech Ctr||11700 US Highway 29 Chatham, VA 24531||(804) 432 9416 (804) 432 0516||CTE|
|Richmond Technical Center||2020 Westwood Avenue Richmond, VA 23230||(804) 780-6237||CTE|
|Rowanty Technical Center||20000 Rowanty Rd Carson, VA 23830||(434) 246 5741 (434) 246 5721||CTE|
|Scott County Career Technical Center||150 Broadwater Ave Gate City, VA 24251||(276) 386 6515||CTE|
|Spotsylvania Career And Technical Centre||713 Smith Station Rd Spotsylvania, VA 22553||(540) 898-2655||CTE|
|T.H. Badger Tech Center||8210 Lankford Hwy Pob 69 Oak Hall, VA 23416||(757)-824-4659 (757)-824-0767||CTE|
|Tazewell Co Career & Tech Ctr||100 Advantage Dr Tazewell, VA 24651||(276) 988-2529||CTE|
|The Pruden Center For Industry And Technology||4169 Pruden Blvd Suffolk, VA 23434||(757) 925-5651 (757)-925-5639||CTE|
|Valley Vocational -Technical Center||49 Hornet Rd Fishersville, VA 22939||(540) 245-5002 (540)-885-0407||CTE|
|Virginia Beach Technical-Career Educ Ctr||2925 North Landing Rd Virginia Beach, VA 23456||(757) 427-5300||CTE|
|Wise County Career & Technology Center||Po Box 1218 Wise, VA 24293||(276) 328-6113||CTE|
|Virginia Polytech Institute and State University||201 Seitz Hall (0303) Blacksburg, VA 24061||(540) 231-6615||4 year (Bachelors)|