Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salary

Men make up the majority of Laser Machine Operators in the United States, bringing in about $14.73 per hour. Total incomes of Laser Machine Operators incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $1K from bonuses and close to $4K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $25K and $45K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. While between a fifth and a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,633 - $59,800
(Median)
$28K
$41K
$60K
MEDIAN: $40,864
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$11.14 - $19.57
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,633 - $59,800  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,190  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $4,055  
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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$24,786 - $45,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.14 - $19.57  
   
Overtime
$15.56 - $27.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,190  
   
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $4,055  
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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$24,786 - $45,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 527
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $42K per year.

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Popular Skills for Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication)


Laser Machine Operators report a focused set of job skills. CNC/NC and Machine Programming, Manufacturing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Experience with CNC/NC is often linked with knowledge of Machine Operation.

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

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $31K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $37K. For Laser Machine Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $41K. Laser Machine Operators who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $46K.

Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) in Plattsburgh:
"Practice."
Sometimes you need to use a piece of material just big enough for your part, practice other times to use material like that so when you have 10. 1 inches for a 10 inch part you can squeeze that in and if machine has so you can do test run use that first when tight fit.

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

Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) in Bedford:
Pros: I get to be me. The organized detail oriented person I am. The job seems to fit my personality in some places.
Cons: It is hot and dirty.

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
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Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salaries

up arrow 8%

Machine Programming, Manufacturing
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Machine Operation
0%

National Average
$33,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

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: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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