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 $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.
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.Read More...
The laser machine operator should know how to operate and set up machines identical (or similar) to those used by the prospective employer. Some positions require a knowledge of understanding mechanical drawings such as blueprints as well. A laser machine operator should know how to use tools to ensure efficiency and correct operation of the machine. Whenever the machine malfunctions, the laser machine operator should be able to bring it back into working order by using tools and programs.
The laser machine operator should be able to make fast, accurate decisions relating to the production process and equipment. They must understand the details of the product to be manufactured, such as the product size and use. Quality standards must be strictly adhered to, so attention to detail is extremely important. A laser machine operator may frequently use a chart to perform routine checks and maintenance on machines to make sure they are always in working order. Attention to time constraints is also important, as projects need to be completed in a timely and quality manner. Shifts for laser machine operators vary, but are often full time.
Generally a high school diploma or equivalent is the minimum educational requirement, though some positions require college degrees as well. Additionally, this position typically requires previous experience in a related role.
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.
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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.