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Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Laser Machine Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $14.44 per hour nationwide. Total cash compensation to Laser Machine Operators approaches anywhere from $24K on the lower end to $44K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $1K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$21,268 - $52,208
(Median)
$21K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,305
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$10.91 - $19.23
(Median)
$11
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$21,268 - $52,208  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,040  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $7,096  
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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$24,195 - $43,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.91 - $19.23  
   
Overtime
$15.31 - $27.84  
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 - $1,040  
   
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $7,096  
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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$24,195 - $43,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 450

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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 who move on to become Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers get paid an average of $42K per year.

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Survey takers who work as Laser Machine Operators report a focused set of job skills. CNC/NC and Machine Operation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. 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.


For many Laser Machine Operators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $30K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $36K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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.

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 39%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$32,000

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

up arrow 11%

Machine Operation
up arrow 1%

National Average
$32,000

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