I am certain this had been posted already;I am just unable to locate it at the moment. So please forgive me if this is either inappropriate or in the wrong spot or a duplicate thread.
With all that said - WHAT IN THE NAME OF JESUS HAPPENED TO THE PAY RATE FOR WELDERS?
I know it fluctuates by region and by area of expertise, but it seems that the pay levels for competent and certified welders across the board have fallen to just above wal mart shelf stockers. The region I'm in has a large calling for tig welding sanitary stainless; pipe and other such sanitary grade stainless products.
But to be offered $15/hr to Fab, layout, and weld sanitary pipe just seems ridiculous.
Am I expecting too much or is this really a slap in the face to experienced guys?
And the funny part is that they hire trainees at the same rate they hire experienced guys ($15/hr)
Other shops in the area are in the range of $10 to $16/hr
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