Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salary

Men make up the majority of Laser Machine Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $14.46 per hour. Final cash compensation to Laser Machine Operators varies from around $24K to approximately $44K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $1K and $7K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. 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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$10.97 - $19.20
(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 - $1,027  
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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$24,384 - $43,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.97 - $19.20  
   
Overtime
$15.38 - $27.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,027  
   
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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$24,384 - $43,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 470
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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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Laser Machine Operators report a focused set of job skills. CNC/NC and Machine Operation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Competency in CNC/NC frequently indicates 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $30K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $36K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $41K. 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.

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 37%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salaries

up arrow 10%

Machine Operation
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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
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 20%
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