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Welder Average Salary in United Kingdom 2023

How much money does a Welder make in United Kingdom?

Average Yearly Salary
19,600 GBP
( 1,640 GBP monthly)


A person working as a Welder in United Kingdom typically earns around 19,600 GBP per year. Salaries range from 9,610 GBP (lowest) to 30,600 GBP (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Welder salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Welder Salary Distribution in United Kingdom

Median and salary distribution yearly United Kingdom Welder
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Welder salaries in United Kingdom range from 9,610 GBP per year (minimum salary) to 30,600 GBP per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 20,000 GBP per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Welder(s) are earning less than 20,000 GBP while the other half are earning more than 20,000 GBP. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Welder(s) are earning less than 13,300 GBP while 75% of them are earning more than 13,300 GBP. Also from the diagram, 75% of Welder(s) are earning less than 25,800 GBP while 25% are earning more than 25,800 GBP.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Welder Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United Kingdom Welder
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Welder salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Welder with less than two years of experience makes approximately 11,400 GBP per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 14,700 GBP per year, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 20,200 GBP per year, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Welder(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 25,000 GBP per year, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 26,800 GBP per year, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 28,600 GBP per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Welder average salary change by experience in United Kingdom

0 - 2 Years
11,400 GBP
2 - 5 Years+29%
14,700 GBP
5 - 10 Years+38%
20,200 GBP
10 - 15 Years+24%
25,000 GBP
15 - 20 Years+7%
26,800 GBP
20+ Years+7%
28,600 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Welder Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Welder(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Welder salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Welder is 16,100 GBP per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 26,600 GBP per year, 65% more than someone having a High School degree.

Welder average salary difference by education level in United Kingdom

High School
16,100 GBP
Certificate or Diploma+65%
26,600 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Welder Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Welder employees in United Kingdom earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

20,000 GBP
19,200 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Kingdom for all Careers

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Welder Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Kingdom

How much are annual salary increments in United Kingdom for Welder(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Welder(s) in United Kingdom are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Kingdom Welder
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

United Kingdom / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United Kingdom is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Kingdom for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Welder Bonus and Incentive Rates in United Kingdom

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Kingdom Welder
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A Welder is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

68% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 32% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Welder Average Hourly Wage in United Kingdom

9 GBP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Kingdom is 9 GBP. This means that the average Welder in United Kingdom earns approximately 9 GBP for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Welder VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Welder and Factory and Manufacturing yearly United Kingdom
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The average salary for Welder is 60% less than that of Factory and Manufacturing. Also, Factory and Manufacturing salaries are 32% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assembly Foreman19,200 GBP-2%
Assembly Line Worker20,200 GBP+3%
Assembly Supervisor29,900 GBP+52%
Assistance Maintenance Manager75,600 GBP+290%
Assistant Shipping Manager64,200 GBP+230%
Chemical Equipment Controller46,700 GBP+140%
Chemical Technican Apprentice37,400 GBP+91%
CNC Machinist44,400 GBP+130%
CNC Operator43,500 GBP+120%
CNC Programmer49,500 GBP+150%
Colour Technologist25,900 GBP+32%
Contracts Manager85,400 GBP+340%
Data Collection Coordinator31,900 GBP+63%
Demand Planner29,300 GBP+49%
Derrick Operator19,700 GBP+0%
Director of Manufacturing120,000 GBP+510%
Dock Worker18,400 GBP-6%
Drying Technician19,000 GBP-3%
Equipment Operator17,600 GBP-10%
Export Sales Coordinator59,600 GBP+200%
Factory Superintendent32,600 GBP+66%
Factory Worker21,600 GBP+10%
Failure Analysis Technician32,100 GBP+64%
Fiberglass Laminator21,300 GBP+9%
Food Technologist38,000 GBP+94%
Forklift Driver21,100 GBP+8%
Forming Machine Operator21,900 GBP+12%
Furnace Operator19,900 GBP+1%
Gas Appliance Repairer20,100 GBP+2%
General Warehouse Associate33,300 GBP+70%
Heavy Equipment Operator26,900 GBP+37%
HSE Manager89,000 GBP+350%
Industrial Engineer67,100 GBP+240%
Industrial Machinery Mechanic39,300 GBP+100%
Industrial Production Manager115,000 GBP+490%
Industrial Safety and Health Engineer64,600 GBP+230%
Intake Operator26,200 GBP+34%
Key Account Manager96,200 GBP+390%
Lift Truck Operator20,200 GBP+3%
Loading Supervisor36,400 GBP+86%
Logistic Coordinator50,900 GBP+160%
Logistics Clerk24,900 GBP+27%
Machine Operator20,800 GBP+6%
Machinist20,500 GBP+4%
Maintenance Manager81,000 GBP+310%
Maintenance Store Clerk21,800 GBP+11%
Manufacturing Engineer66,700 GBP+240%
Manufacturing Engineering Manager98,600 GBP+400%
Manufacturing Engineering Technologist74,200 GBP+280%
Manufacturing Manager108,000 GBP+450%
Manufacturing Operative35,600 GBP+81%
Manufacturing Production Technician27,100 GBP+38%
Manufacturing Supervisor54,000 GBP+180%
Manufacturing Technician24,800 GBP+26%
Materials Supervisor57,400 GBP+190%
Mechanical Fitter Engineer67,600 GBP+240%
Mechanical Foreman19,100 GBP-3%
Merchandise Planner35,700 GBP+82%
Metrology Engineer64,100 GBP+230%
Operations Engineer59,400 GBP+200%
Operations Manager98,600 GBP+400%
Order Management Coordinator51,100 GBP+160%
Order Processing Manager87,500 GBP+350%
Order Selector25,000 GBP+27%
Package Handler18,700 GBP-5%
Packaging Manager63,900 GBP+230%
Packer20,300 GBP+3%
Packing Deputy Supervisor52,100 GBP+170%
Planning Manager89,400 GBP+360%
Plant Manager110,000 GBP+460%
Precision Instrument Repairer30,100 GBP+53%
Process Technician25,800 GBP+31%
Product Manager105,000 GBP+440%
Production Analyst90,500 GBP+360%
Production Director127,000 GBP+550%
Production Engineer68,400 GBP+250%
Production Engineering Supervisor93,100 GBP+370%
Production Inspector73,100 GBP+270%
Production Laborer17,800 GBP-9%
Production Manager117,000 GBP+500%
Production Scheduler48,400 GBP+150%
Production Supervisor63,100 GBP+220%
Quality Control Analyst85,400 GBP+340%
Quality Control Inspector66,000 GBP+240%
Quality Control Manager97,900 GBP+400%
Service Technician26,300 GBP+34%
SHEQ Officer29,200 GBP+49%
Shipping Manager95,600 GBP+390%
Small Engine Mechanic36,400 GBP+86%
Spray Painter20,800 GBP+6%
Sterile Processing Technician24,500 GBP+25%
Structural Welder18,100 GBP-8%
Supply Chain Operative56,800 GBP+190%
Technical Operator26,400 GBP+35%
Technology Development Manager112,000 GBP+470%
Testing Technician46,300 GBP+140%
Toolmaker31,200 GBP+59%
Warehouse Operative22,600 GBP+15%
Warehouse Worker21,000 GBP+7%
Warranty Handler39,100 GBP+99%
Welder19,600 GBP-0%
Workshop Manager73,600 GBP+280%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Aberdeen21,000 GBP
Abingdon17,300 GBP
Armagh19,500 GBP
Bangor18,400 GBP
Belfast20,500 GBP
Birmingham24,100 GBP
Bradford22,700 GBP
Brighton21,900 GBP
Bristol23,300 GBP
Cambridge19,800 GBP
Canterbury18,500 GBP
Cardiff22,600 GBP
Chester19,000 GBP
Coventry21,900 GBP
Derby21,200 GBP
Derry18,300 GBP
Dundee20,300 GBP
Durham18,500 GBP
Edinburgh22,400 GBP
Exeter19,300 GBP
Glasgow22,800 GBP
Gloucester19,000 GBP
Hartlepool18,500 GBP
Inverness18,100 GBP
Kingston upon Hull20,900 GBP
Kirkwall17,400 GBP
Leeds22,000 GBP
Leicester21,100 GBP
Lincoln18,800 GBP
Lisburn19,500 GBP
Liverpool23,600 GBP
London23,900 GBP
Manchester23,100 GBP
Newcastle22,000 GBP
Newport20,500 GBP
Newry20,000 GBP
Norwich20,000 GBP
Nottingham21,900 GBP
Oxford20,400 GBP
Peterborough20,500 GBP
Plymouth20,900 GBP
Poole19,600 GBP
Portsmouth20,300 GBP
Ripon17,400 GBP
Salisbury17,900 GBP
Sheffield21,700 GBP
Somerset21,200 GBP
Southampton20,000 GBP
St Davids17,700 GBP
Stirling18,700 GBP
Stromness17,000 GBP
Strontian16,700 GBP
Swansea21,000 GBP
Truro17,200 GBP
Wakefield17,800 GBP
Wells18,400 GBP
Winchester19,100 GBP
Wolverhampton21,700 GBP
York20,900 GBP

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
England37,100 GBP
Northern Ireland17,500 GBP
Scotland27,100 GBP
Wales18,600 GBP

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United Kingdom earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
69,500 GBP
Public Sector+4%
72,600 GBP
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