Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salary

Male Laser Machine Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $14.47 per hour in the United States. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.03 per hour, and the top verges on $19.24. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Laser Machine Operators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$21,268 - $52,208

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$11.03 - $19.24

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$21,268 - $52,208  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,036  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $7,213  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,393 - $43,206  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.03 - $19.24  
   
Overtime
$15.41 - $27.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,036  
   
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $7,213  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,393 - $43,206  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 460
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Job Description for Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication)

A laser machine operator (metal fabrication) works to manufacture metal products using machines that employ lasers and computerized equipment. The operator often uses laser cutting and punching machines that make metal shapes and holes to fit other parts. It is important that they pay attention to the machine at all times to ensure that it is working properly.

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Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Tasks

  • Perform hole drilling and sheet metal cutting functions.
  • Plan sequence of operations and review blueprints to ensure precision.
  • Set up, maintain, and operate laser.

Common Career Paths for Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication)


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Laser Machine Operators often transition into Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers earn $42K per year.

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Laser Machine Operators report a focused set of job skills. CNC/NC and Machine Operation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those with knowledge of CNC/NC tend to be skilled in Machine Operation as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Laser Machine Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $36K. Laser Machine Operators bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Laser Machine Operators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $43K on average.

Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Reviews

What is it like working as a Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication)?

Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) in Palmdale:
"Artists Of Aerospace."
Pros: Learning new skills in a fast paced industry, requiring skill and technique, working in the machine shop environment, annual bonus, an abundance of overtime, and paid yearly vacation.
Cons: Stressful, Corporatizing, being underpaid and very underappreciated. HR's hostile and unhelpful attitude towards employees. Favoritism and conflicts of interest between upper management and regular hourly employees.

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Experience Affects Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salaries

up arrow 9%

Machine Operation
up arrow 1%

National Average
$32,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 20%
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