Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salary

A sizeable majority of Laser Machine Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $14.73 per hour. Total cash compensation for Laser Machine Operators runs from $25K to $45K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $1K and profit sharing that can reach almost $4K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, slightly more than a fifth claim no health benefits at all.

$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)


Typical 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. Employees educated in CNC/NC are typically practiced in Machine Operation, too.

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $46K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Reviews

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

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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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