What is the average pay for a welding subcontractor in the state of Virginia and Nationally?

What is the average pay for a welding subcontractor in the state of Virginia and Nationally? Additionally, if possible can you provide or recommend a source of a pay scale for this type work.
ExpeditesBazaar
Asked Feb 16, 2010
Edited Feb 16, 2010
Depends on how many types of welding your qualified for and experience.
In Texas, an independent welder with his own equipment earns $40 - $60 an hour. If working in a shop using the employers equipment, they can expect $15 - $20 an hour, depending on experience.
Same here in Michigan, but because of how close we are to Ohio State University, washtenaw community college, and the fact that most high schools here train in welding, a degree is almost a must to get a job that pays $15 or more/hour here. There is a surplus of welders in the north, most are going south into hurricane areas.

TammyNT1967
Answered Feb 17, 2010

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