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Cost of welding services

Last updated: 9th Jun 2019

The average rate for welding services is $62.50/hr. The difficulty of the job is sure to affect actually costs, so you can still expect prices to be as low as $50/hr or as high as $70/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Welders on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

Welding prices from real customers

Jason from NSW
He wanted a welder to make a cage measuring 1.5m wide and 2.4m high.
TOTAL COST: $1,600
Blake from Vic
He needed a custom-made canopy for his farm property in Somerville. The canopy measured 1.1m long, 1.32m wide, and 0.77m high.
TOTAL COST: $1,210
Peter from Vic
He needed a welded steel balustrade for his residence in West Melbourne.
TOTAL COST: $1,100

Variables that determine welding costs

When providing a quote, welders take a number of factors into consideration. These usually include the following:


Welders can do pretty much any job regardless of size. Keep in mind, though, that since most welders charge per-hour rates, larger jobs will definitely cost more. This kind of tasks naturally take a longer time to complete and require more materials.


The kind of material used will greatly affect the actual cost of your welding project. Metals used for welding include stainless steel and cast iron. Stainless steel is the most affordable option, so you might want to go with this if you’re on a budget. Cast iron, on the other hand, is on the expensive side; it can cost twice as much as steel. Other materials that you’ll need are wires and electrodes. You’ll need a bigger quantity of these stuff if you have a large project.

Fixed costs

Regardless of the size of your job, there are costs that you won’t be able to avoid. These costs are associated with the necessary tasks that a welder must perform in order to finish the job, and they include joint preparation, pre-heating, tacking, and fixturing. Welders can also clean up rubbish after everything is done.

cost of welding

Rates per state

If you live in Queensland, you can take advantage of affordable welding services as tradies in the state charge around $65/hr; this is the lowest rate in the country. Meanwhile, residents in New South Wales and Western Australia pay about $70/hr for the same type of service.

Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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