Male Laser Machine Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $15.32 per hour in the United States. In the world of Laser Machine Operators, total cash compensation can vary between $25K and $47K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $2K and $7K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Some workers in this field — nearly one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by just over a half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$24,627 - $61,825
(Median)
$25K
$41K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,369
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$11.34 - $20.01
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,627 - $61,825  
   
Bonus
$202.73 - $2,416  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $6,904  
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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$25,191 - $46,754  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.34 - $20.01  
   
Overtime
$15.93 - $28.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$202.73 - $2,416  
   
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $6,904  
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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$25,191 - $46,754  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 461
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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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Popular Skills for Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication)


Job skills reported by Laser Machine Operators are limited. Those who have experience with CNC/NC, Machine Programming, Manufacturing, and Machine Operation can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people who know CNC/NC also know Machine Programming, Manufacturing.

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

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


For Laser Machine Operators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $31K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $37K. On average, Laser Machine Operators make $41K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Laser Machine Operators with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $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 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 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




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salaries

CNC/NC
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National Average
$34,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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