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Welder Gas Metal Arc Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$30,166 (USD)

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Last updated: May 22, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Welder Gas Metal Arc is $30,166 a year and $15 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Welder Gas Metal Arc is between $24,959 and $35,476. On average, a Bachelor's Degree is the highest level of education for a Welder Gas Metal Arc. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in Chicago, Illinois.

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Job Summary

  • Welds together metal components of products, such as pipelines, automobiles, boilers, ships, aircraft, and mobile homes, as specified by layout, blueprints, diagram, work order, welding procedures, or oral instructions, using electric arc-welding equipment: obtains specified electrode and inserts electrode into portable holder or threads consumable electrode wire through portable welding gun.
  • Connects cables from welding unit to obtain amperage, voltage, slope, and pulse, as specified by welding engineer 011.061-026 or welding technician 011.261-014.
  • Starts power supply to produce electric current.
  • Strikes (forms) arc which generates heat to melt and deposit metal from electrode to workpiece and join edges of workpiece.
  • Manually guides electrode or gun along weld line, maintaining length of arc and speed of movement to form specified depth of fusion and bead, as judged from color of metal, sound of weld, and size of molten puddle.
  • Welds in flat, horizontal, vertical, or overhead positions.
  • Examines weld for bead size and other specifications.
  • May manually apply filler rod to supply weld metal.
  • May clean or degrease weld joint or workpiece, using wire brush, portable grinder, or chemical bath.
  • May repair broken or cracked parts and fill holes.
  • May prepare broken parts for welding by grooving or scarfing surfaces.
  • May chip off excess weld, slag, and spatter, using hand scraper or power chipper.
  • May preheat workpiece, using hand torch or heating furnace.
  • May position and clamp workpieces together or assemble them in jig or fixture.
  • May tack.
Welder Gas Metal Arc Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Job family population: 377,250

Estimated population of Welder Gas Metal Arc jobs: 11,069

Rate of error: 0.9%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %



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Description: Chicago ( (listen), locally also ), officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,716,450 (2017), it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, and the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States. The metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States. Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated...

Welder Gas Metal Arc Job Listings for Chicago, Illinois

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Apr 29
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... gas metal arc, flux cored arc and gas tungsten arc welding -Copper Brazing Knowledge a Plus -Advanced understanding of mechanical drawings -Understand basic overhead crane operation and safety ...
MIG Welder
May 1
Bedford Park, IL, USA
Labor Solutions, LLC
Welds metal parts together, using brazing, gas, or arc welding. * Repairs broken or cracked parts, fills holes and increases size of metal parts using welding equipment. * Welds in flat, horizontal ...
Welder- 2nd shift 18-00592
Apr 2
Kenosha, WI, USA
ESPO Engineering Corp
... arc welding, and inert gas welding (e.g., TIG, MIG). o Ability to read and understand weld specs ... metals and welding materials. o Skill in using and maintaining welding equipment and related tools ...
Apr 4
Hobart, IN, USA
Daifuku Wynright Corporation
... arc to cut and trim metal objects Qualifications + High school diploma or equivalent preferred; Certificate or Associate's degree in welding a plus + Minimum 1 year experience in welding a plus ...
Apr 26
Harvey, IL, USA
PEAK Technical Staffing USA
Ability to use carbon-arc gouging (air-arc) equipment, hand-grinding/profiling equipment and ... Experience in metal fabrication and welding. Company Description www.peaktechnical.com
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