Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salary

Men make up the majority of Laser Machine Operators in the United States, bringing in about $15.48 per hour. Total cash compensation to Laser Machine Operators bottoms out near $25K and approaches $47K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $3K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Laser Machine Operators. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one-fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$24,170 - $61,277
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$61K
MEDIAN: $39,839
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$11.52 - $20.48
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$0$61K
Salary $24,170 - $61,277
Bonus $192.19 - $2,885
Profit Sharing $341.05 - $6,082
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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$25,188 - $47,238
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 18
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $11.52 - $20.48
Overtime $16.53 - $30.62
Annual Data $0$47K
Bonus $192.19 - $2,885
Profit Sharing $341.05 - $6,082
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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$25,188 - $47,238
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • 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

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

Common Career Paths for Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication)


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Many Laser Machine Operators move into a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $42K per year.

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Popular Skills for Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication)


Laser Machine Operators typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Machine Programming, Manufacturing, CNC/NC, and Machine Operation can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those proficient in CNC/NC are, more often than not, also skilled in Machine Programming, Manufacturing.

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

Pay by Experience for a Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) has a positive trend. An entry-level Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 309 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 148 salaries. An experienced Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 104 salaries. A Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 31 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,082

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Home to some of the best pay for Laser Machine Operators, New York offers exceptional salaries, 36 percent above the national average. Laser Machine Operators will also find cushy salaries in Indianapolis (+15 percent), Houston (+10 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), and Cincinnati (+7 percent). Oklahoma City is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 20 percent. Workers in San Diego and Fort Wayne earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (18 percent less and 10 percent less, respectively).

Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Reviews

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

Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) in Mayville:
"I enjoy metal fabrication."
Pros: My favorite part of my job is providing for my family, doing something I love. Working with steel makes me happy.
Cons: Not everyone enjoys their job, so they complain. Metal can be dangerous, it's heavy and unforgiving. Awareness is key.

Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) in Oklahoma City:
"Great Job."
Pros: Room for advancement. Learning valuable skills. Work as a team. Stay in shape.
Cons: Lots of heavy lifting. Multi tasking to the max! Stand 8 hours a day.

Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) in Winchester:
Pros: The laid back atmosphere, and tolerance.
Cons: Aggravation of salesman and others not being on the same page for production purposes.

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 Wichita:
"Good for me because im always learning."
Pros: Being able to move forward and learn more.
Cons:

Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) in Ringgold:
"The heart of the shop."
Pros: It's interesting and without it the shop couldn't operate.
Cons: It is stressful, sometimes boring, strenuous, and under appreciated.

Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) in Des Plaines:
Pros: Nothing.
Cons: Underpaid and overworked.

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Key Stats for Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication)

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salaries

▲30%

▲19%

▲8%

National Average
$34,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salaries


CNC/NC
▼0%

National Average
$34,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 21%
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