Metal Fabricator Salary

Metal Fabricators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.48 per hour. Total cash compensation to Metal Fabricators bottoms out near $26K and approaches $55K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $8K from bonuses and almost $2K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by just over two-fifths. Job satisfaction for Metal Fabricators is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,983 - $70,109
$25K
$45K
$70K
MEDIAN: $44,770
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$12.17 - $23.53
$12
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MEDIAN: $16.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,983 - $70,109  
   
Bonus
$291.63 - $7,861  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $2,490  
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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$25,946 - $54,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.17 - $23.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.04  
Overtime
$18.09 - $34.94  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$291.63 - $7,861  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $2,490  
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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$25,946 - $54,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 688

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Job Description for Metal Fabricator

Metal fabricators are responsible for conducting fabrication work for their facilities, as well as maintaining equipment, keeping work areas clean, and ensuring that safety standards are met at all times. Basic daily duties include positioning and fitting parts to weld, reading blueprints to fabricate parts accurately, performing welds, and operating other fabrication equipment. These tools used by metal fabricators include grinders, drill presses, plasma cutters, shears, flame cutters, and others. This position may include some supervisory work at the highest levels, and supervisors need to train other employees on employers' standards and ensure quality levels are high and consistent.

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Metal Fabricator Tasks

  • Fabricate carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum and other metals working from drawings and written instructions.
  • Set up and operate fabricating machines to form and assemble metal components.
  • Position and weld parts to form complete units or subunits, following blueprints and layout specifications.

Common Career Paths for Metal Fabricator


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Metal Fabricators who transition into a Manufacturing Production Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $63K per year. The most common career progression for Metal Fabricators leads to becoming a Fabricator, where pay is typically $36K. However, many Metal Fabricators also opt to become Welders, a position that pays $39K on average.

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Popular Skills for Metal Fabricator


Survey takers working as Metal Fabricators report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Fluxed Core Arc Welding, Aluminum Welding, and Manufacturing Fabrication are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 18 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those listing Grinding Tools as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people familiar with Metal Inert Gas Welding also know Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Metal Fabricator

Pay by Experience for a Metal Fabricator has a positive trend. An entry-level Metal Fabricator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 325 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Metal Fabricator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 213 salaries. An experienced Metal Fabricator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 189 salaries. A Metal Fabricator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 117 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,887

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For Metal Fabricators, working in the bustling city of Orlando has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Metal Fabricators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Indianapolis (+18 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Grand Rapids (+17 percent), and Cleveland (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Boise, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Detroit and Atlanta (15 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Metal Fabricator

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Metal Fabricator Salaries

▲23%

▲12%

▲3%

National Average
$38,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Metal Fabricator Salaries

Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
▲20%

Aluminum Welding
▲18%



▲4%


▲2%



National Average
$38,000


Grinding Tools
▼30%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
no benefits
None: 36%
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