Average Salary Per Year: $46,598

Marine structural welders operate hand-held welding equipment to join structural metal parts together. They also use a wide range of welding filler metals and welding processes to perform structural welds in all phases of ship construction and repair. In addition, they perform tack, fillet and full penetration welding on steel foundations and structural components.

Education Options:

Technical School, Community College, Registered Apprenticeship Program, and Industry Training Program


Able to certify in one or more structural welding process such as Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) or Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW). Able to read and interpret blueprints, diagrams and schematics, as well as perform pre- and post-welding functions using grinders and chipping hammer.

*Average base salary does not include overtime or incentives.