Metal Fabricator Salary

A sizeable majority of Metal Fabricators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $16.27 per hour. Total cash compensation for Metal Fabricators runs from $25K to $56K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Metal Fabricators is high. Some workers in this field — more than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by roughly two-fifths. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,163 - $68,784
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$69K
MEDIAN: $41,565
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$11.25 - $22.78
(Median)
$11
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,163 - $68,784  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,951  
Profit Sharing
$45.00 - $5,500  
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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$24,750 - $56,104  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.25 - $22.78  
   
Overtime
$15.97 - $33.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,951  
   
Profit Sharing
$45.00 - $5,500  
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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$24,750 - $56,104  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 524
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Metal Fabricator


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Metal Fabricators who transition into a Manufacturing Production Supervisor role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $50K per year. Becoming a Welder is, more often than not, the most common role that Metal Fabricators move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $38K. Another frequent advance is for Metal Fabricators to assume a Metal Fabricator Assembler role; in this role, workers often earn $34K.

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Popular Skills for Metal Fabricator


Metal Fabricators report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Precision Machining, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Welding, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Machine Operation. Those familiar with Metal Inert Gas Welding also tend to know Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Metal Fabricator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $38K. Metal Fabricators bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $48K.

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Experience Affects Metal Fabricator Salaries




National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Metal Fabricator Salaries



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Blueprints
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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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National Average
$37,000

Manufacturing Fabrication
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Machine Operation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 35%
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