Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

risk level
Based on 199 votes
by year 2032
or $22.85 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

88% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

User poll

55% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a much higher chance of automation: 88% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers' job openings is expected to rise 1.6% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers' was $47,540, or $22 per hour

'Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers' were paid 2.7% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 408,990 people employed as 'Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers' within the United States.

This represents around 0.28% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 361 people are employed as 'Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers'.

Job description

Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand-soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

SOC Code: 51-4121.00


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Welder (Uncertain) says
If is in a factory maybe
But he is a mobile welder doing odd jobs no
Feb 24, 2024 at 01:48 PM
Jackson Harlin (No chance) says
The cost of robots is way too high, and robots can't be utilized in high numbers on pipelines and other field jobs.
Aug 11, 2022 at 03:05 AM
Bruh says
you can just retrofit a CNC machine or a plasma cutter with a welding tip and boom its automated
May 18, 2021 at 08:21 PM

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