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Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salary

Male Laser Machine Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $14.44 per hour in the United States. Total cash earnings of Laser Machine Operators range from $24K on the low end to $44K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $1K and $7K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$21,268 - $52,208
(Median)
$21K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,305
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50%
90%

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$10.89 - $19.34
(Median)
$11
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$21,268 - $52,208  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,035  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $7,047  
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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$24,072 - $44,135  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.89 - $19.34  
   
Overtime
$15.40 - $27.93  
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.
)
$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,035  
   
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $7,047  
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).
)
$24,072 - $44,135  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 446

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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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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. It is not unusual for someone who knows CNC/NC to be familiar with Machine Operation as well.

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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $30K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $36K. On average, Laser Machine Operators make $41K following one to two decades on the job. Laser Machine Operators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $46K on average.

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 41%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

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 89 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 19%