Texas has a booming oil and gas industry that has a tremendous need for workers. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Texas tops the list for states with the most welding jobs available.
That means that if you're looking for a welding job and don't already live in Texas, you may want to consider a move because business is booming -- particularly in the Houston-Sugarland area.
Welders, cutters, solderers and brazers are responsible for using equipment to weld or join metal components to fill holes, indentations or seams of fabricated metal products, according to the BLS.
Texas Welding Job Market
Though the oil and gas industry is very strong in Texas, there are many other manufacturing industries where welding jobs are available in Texas, including:
The basic skills of welders can shift easily from one industry to another. The BLS projects that while the growth of the welding industry is slower than average at six percent, that the nation's aging infrastructure will require welders' expertise. Entry-level workers don't need a degree, but experience and up-to-date certifications will make candidates more competitive.
Welding Job Salaries in Texas
Texas welding jobs pay an average of $19.66 an hour for an annual average wage of $40,900. However, some welding jobs pay more than others. For example, electric power generation, transmission and distribution jobs have an average annual salary of $68,630, or $33 an hour. Motor vehicle manufacturing welders make an average of $24.14 an hour, or $50,170 a year.