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Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salary

Men make up the majority of Laser Machine Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $14.30 per hour. In the world of Laser Machine Operators, total cash compensation can vary between $24K and $44K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $1K and $7K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly two in five. Though the majority of Laser Machine Operators do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$21,079 - $80,255
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $40,784
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$10.93 - $18.97
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$21,079 - $80,255  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,023  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $6,953  
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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$23,951 - $44,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.93 - $18.97  
   
Overtime
$15.84 - $27.97  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,023  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $6,953  
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).
)
$23,951 - $44,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 426
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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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For Laser Machine Operators, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. On average, an upper-level role like a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer will earn $42K annually.

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Survey takers who work as Laser Machine Operators usually report a few specific skills. CNC/NC and Machine Operation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Aptitude in CNC/NC tends to also indicate an understanding 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.


For many Laser Machine Operators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $30K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $36K. Laser Machine Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $41K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $45K.

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Experience Affects Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salaries

up arrow 10%

Machine Operation
up arrow 2%

National Average
$32,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 18%