Career prospects in the welding field are consistently high. Welding is a highly skilled trade that is in some way related to every aspect of our lives, and therefore will always be in tremendous demand. Because of the levels of training and skill necessary to successfully maintain a career in welding, these jobs tend to pay quite well. Fabrication shop welders will generally earn from $17.00/hr. up to $30.00/hr. depending on their skill level and experience. Mine maintenance welders will usually earn between $25.00/hr. and $40.00/hr. depending on experience. Because of the generally higher skill levels often necessary for industrial plant welders, the pay may fall somewhere in the $35.00/hr. to $55.00/hr. range.