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 $15.34 per hour in the United States. Total cash compensation to Laser Machine Operators approaches anywhere from $25K on the lower end to $47K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $8K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Laser Machine Operators. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too.

$29,361 - $62,055
$29K
$43K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,907
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$11.46 - $20.20
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MEDIAN: $15.34
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,361 - $62,055  
   
Bonus
$198.66 - $7,830  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $6,500  
Total Pay (?
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$25,420 - $47,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.46 - $20.20  
   
Overtime
$16.39 - $30.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$198.66 - $7,830  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $6,500  
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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$25,420 - $47,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 487
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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

  • Set up, maintain, and operate laser.
  • Plan sequence of operations and review blueprints to ensure precision.
  • Perform hole drilling and sheet metal cutting functions.

Common Career Paths for Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication)


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Many Laser Machine Operators move into a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income 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 Machine Programming, Manufacturing, CNC/NC, and Machine Operation can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Laser Machine Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $31K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $44K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,847

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Laser Machine Operators, New York provides a pay rate that is 37 percent greater than the national average. Laser Machine Operators will also find cushy salaries in Indianapolis (+16 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), and Cincinnati (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Oklahoma City is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Diego (17 percent less) and Fort Wayne (9 percent less).

Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication)

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salaries

▲31%

▲20%

▲9%

National Average
$34,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salaries


CNC/NC
▼0%

National Average
$34,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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