The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor shows employment is projected to experience 15 percent growth over the next decade. Good job opportunities are expected for skilled welders because some employers are reporting difficulty finding qualified workers. Job prospects for welders will vary with the welder's skill level. Prospects should be good for welders trained in the latest technologies. Welding schools report that graduates have little difficulty finding work, and many welding employers report difficulty finding properly skilled welders.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, starting salaries for welders are in the midtwenties with typical hourly wages ranging from $12 and $26 per hour depending on skill and experience.