April 2018 — Labor Market Intelligence Center
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There are about 4,760 welding jobs in Dallas County with an average pay of $17.71 ($36,837) according to Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas.
Welding is both a technical skill and a creative art with many different applications, which can lead to a career in the following fields: construction, manufacturing, artistic welding, distribution and sales, education and technical sales.
As nearly 2,000 employees reach retirement in their welding profession, welding occupations offer job security as corporations like Walmart and Amazon merge toward automation.
“Some welders have the potential to make more money because ‘a scarcity of welders is [d]riving the huge amount of overtime that certain workers are getting.’.”
Source: EMSI Insights
Mechanical Engineers are the highest in demand with an annual wage of $101,000. This is followed by First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers with $64,500, Machinists with $39,700, Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers at $39,500 and Team Assemblers at $29,800.
Source: JOBSEQ Q4, 2017, DFW
47.1% of welders in DFW are White. This is followed by Hispanic or Latino welders with 39.1%, Black or African American welders with 8.5% and Asian welders with 3.7%. 0.7% of welders are two or more races. 0.7% are American Indian or Alaska Native. 0.1% are Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.
Source: EMSI 2018 Q2, DFW
A living wage is the wage needed to support basic needs.
Source: MIT Living Wage Calculator, Dallas County
“One of the best ways to advance your welding career is by earning a specialized certification. This opens up opportunities for more money, leadership roles and higher-level career challenges.”
Source: EMSI, DFW
Source: American Welding Society
The breakdown between males and females in the welding industry in Dallas College and the DFW metroplex is 93% male and 7% female. In Texas, it is 95% male and 5% female.
Source: EMSI Q1 2018 and Dallas College
“It’s not always easy for a woman to succeed in such a male-dominated industry. If someone says I can’t do something, I’ll just make it a point to show that I can—and I will.”
“Among welding employers, the most significant challenge is finding welders with strong technical skills. A majority of respondents prefer on the job training versus other forms of training to meet skills needs.”
Contact Ben Magill, executive director, Labor Market Intelligence Center.