Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Laser Machine Operators earn an average of $15.39 per hour. Cash earnings for Laser Machine Operators — including $5K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $25K to $47K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Laser Machine Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,540 - $61,825
$32K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $45,000
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90%

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$11.47 - $20.31
$11
$15
$20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,540 - $61,825  
   
Bonus
$250.00 - $5,200  
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $6,787  
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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$25,454 - $47,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.47 - $20.31  
   
Overtime
$16.30 - $30.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$250.00 - $5,200  
   
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $6,787  
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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$25,454 - $47,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 500

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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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Laser Machine Operators often transition into Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers earn $42K per year.

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Popular Skills for Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication)


Laser Machine Operators who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Machine Programming, Manufacturing, CNC/NC, and Machine Operation can expect to be compensated well for these skills. The majority of those 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $31K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $37K. Laser Machine Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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 $46K.

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.
052
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Laser Machine Operator (Metal Fabrication) Salaries


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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
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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