Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salary

Men make up the majority of Laser Machine Operators in the United States, bringing in about $14.46 per hour. Total cash compensation to Laser Machine Operators bottoms out near $24K and approaches $44K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $1K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Laser Machine Operators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$21,268 - $52,208
(Median)
$21K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,305
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$11.00 - $19.28
(Median)
$11
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$21,268 - $52,208  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,041  
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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$24,374 - $43,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.00 - $19.28  
   
Overtime
$15.41 - $27.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,041  
   
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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$24,374 - $43,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 468
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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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Advancing into a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer role seems to be a popular career move for Laser Machine Operators, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $42K per year.

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Laser Machine Operators note just a narrow range of job skills. CNC/NC and Machine Operation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. CNC/NC and Machine Operation are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $36K. On average, Laser Machine Operators make $41K following one to two decades on the job. Laser Machine Operators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $44K.

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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 37%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

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 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: 78% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 20%
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