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  • Rhinox
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    Thats there says it all!

    Thank you!

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  • GG47
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    My Real LIfe Experience

    Short and sweet, leaving out most details-

    Attended school Welding/Maint/Fab & Pipe Welding 2012-2013.
    Honors, did best in class, etc.
    Nobody local would hire me out of school, of literally 50 apps.
    Human Resource Personnel, are not humans themselves. They rely on data, it simplifies their job. Past hiring, I'm not quite sure what they do exactly...

    Tested for local unions, nothing, after hours of my time, wasted money on testing. 4.0 gpa, passed many advanced certs in accordance with AWS, scholastic honors, president of school welding club. Amazing, how I can excel at the school they instruct at, yet not get an opportunity with them. That's unions for ya. Pensions are dieing out quick anyway.

    Hired at Caterpillar, Prentice, Wi. $15.39/hr, 7 hours north of home/wife/kids.
    Could have made that at tacobell 3 mins from home. Pride and determination is a beotch..
    Actually really enjoyed the work, treated right, no where to live though.
    Lasted 6 months-

    Hired by local "aerospace" company.
    I gtaw'd new and repair jobs for twin engine aircraft exhaust systems.
    $17/hr, zero benefits, dealt with a drunk as supervisor, horrible exp.
    Lasted 3 months-

    Hired 1 hr from home working with exotic alloys, they considered me experienced and hired at highest wage of all, ok sure... $20/hr, full benefits, etc.
    I was appointed lead trainer of staff to pass AWS tests for contracts.
    I've passed many advanced certs, most of all 6G XXH Pipe GTAW, etc.
    Brought staff from 7 yr old skills to entry level in 2 months, 1 hr a day each.
    Bumped pay, to $22/hr as a reward. Owner picked up literally millions in contracts. $2, Two Bucks!! Sets me at $3 under market value according to research.

    I was contacted recently for a welding supervisor role for shop much closer to home for $28/hr full benefits, that's starting. That's 1 yr out of school.... Not bad for this field.

    That's where I'm currently at-
    It takes drive and passion to get to where you want to be. I was raised, "you have to want it"!! My recent future was extremely bleak. I saved up money to open my own side business. Brand, Inc title, Insurance, Banking, Certifications, Webpage, Flyers, Cards, works. Supporting mobile welding, side jobs, welding over flow for companies, welding stuff companies send to my front door and making a killing to be honest!! Would like to stop daily job but those benefits are not cheap. Milking cows doesn't always take place on a farm. Besides, I enjoy what I do at work. Isn't that the ultimate goal? I make over 6 figs and have time to attend my kids t-ball games. Work smart, and hard!!

    You, and only you are in charge of your career in life, nobody can stand in your way.

    Welding is simply a skill, which opens many doors for you, choose wisely.

    I have zero regrets in welding, Go Miller !!

    Best of luck to you bud!

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  • Portable Welder
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    Country Metals, I'm guilty as charged, I've been known to buy pizza for the guys or a $ 50.00 gift certificate to a nice restaurant as a token of appreciation.
    Keep in mind ( Always above board )

    However, There are some companies that even to buy a $ 5.00 lunch is not aloud.

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  • Country Metals
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    Originally posted by Portable Welder View Post

    Its all about the following:
    Knowing how to deal with customers.

    What type of work are you qualified to do that pertains to the welding field such as: Pipe welding, Mill wright work, Iron work, Rebuilding asphalt and concrete plants, cranes. conveyors, heavy structural, Heavy equipment, Restaurant stainless, Tig aluminum, engineering and the list goes on.

    knowledge = Money
    You missed one

    The bribe.... I don't even know how to start that but I do know people making boat loads doing it.

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  • bigtim209
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    $$$$$

    Millwrights Loc. 102 $40.43 Hr.

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  • Ltbadd
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    Originally posted by Portable Welder View Post
    knowledge = Money
    Also...wisdom---> the proper application of knowledge

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  • Portable Welder
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    Welders are like any other occupation, some of us are doing great while others are going out of business.

    I have a welder that comes to me to buy his steel and he struggles to make $25,000 year.
    There are other guys that have a crew of 3 and make $ 25,000 month.

    Its all about the following:
    Knowing how to deal with customers.

    What type of work are you qualified to do that pertains to the welding field such as: Pipe welding, Mill wright work, Iron work, Rebuilding asphalt and concrete plants, cranes. conveyors, heavy structural, Heavy equipment, Restaurant stainless, Tig aluminum, engineering and the list goes on.

    knowledge = Money

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  • Country Metals
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    The money I bring home is just as green as the next guys, and I'm happy just to have constant work.

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  • OscarJr
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    I make very little money welding, but what I do make comes with a 600% profit margin

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  • snoeproe
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    If your certified to do any code work, your going to earn good $$.
    I'm a union Ironworker welder by trade and jman status. While I wont say my exact hourly wage, I will say it's inline with what cruizer described. I've worked steady for some time now and don't see any slow down in site as of yet.

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  • USMCPOP
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    Here's Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers, with a lot of details:

    http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes514121.htm

    Mean Hourly wage: $19.25

    Median: $17.99

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  • cruizer
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    Originally posted by Superiorwelding View Post
    cruizer,
    I am curious though. Isn't the cost of living higher there than here in the US? If it is those prices would really be the same in the end.

    Or maybe we all need to move to Canada
    -Jonathan
    Unsure, never lived in the States, however, when I was trucking, prices for stuff after the monetary difference seemed to compare pretty close

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  • Superiorwelding
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    cruizer,
    I am curious though. Isn't the cost of living higher there than here in the US? If it is those prices would really be the same in the end.

    Or maybe we all need to move to Canada
    -Jonathan

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  • cruizer
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    Totally different world in the States than Canada. In Canada we would not get out of bed for $25/hr, $10/hr, McDonalds pays $13 ,a shop j-man welder gets around the $40-50hr mark, with a rig anywhere from $90-125/hr full supply. The high end being duplex stainless tig.

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  • Superiorwelding
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    Here are some of my thoughts, some of which have been shared already. If I tell you how much I make it won't make any real difference. If you are a beginner you will never make what I make today starting out just like I don't make what those who have been in the business 30 years might make. If you are in the trade just to get rich you won't succeed or be truely happy. No matter how much you are paid you will never be satisfied and that will drive you mad. Yes, we have to make a living and provide for our families but don't set out to be rich as your only reason to weld.

    As for not making as much money today as in the past, I can't speak with authority but can say that there is money out there, one has to be willing to find it. As mentioned, work ethic is one of the keys for success. I will not hire anyone who can lay down weld**** but can't drag himself out of bed in time for work or is lazy throughout the day.

    Since you asked for a figure though, around this area (Ohio) jobs range $10-$25 non-union depending on what it is and experience required so again that does not help much.
    -Jonathan

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