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Metal Fabricator Salary

Men account for the majority of Metal Fabricators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $16.35 per hour. Total incomes of Metal Fabricators incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $2K from bonuses and close to $6K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $25K and $56K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by two in five. For the most part, Metal Fabricators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,479 - $68,784
(Median)
$29K
$46K
$69K
MEDIAN: $45,717
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$11.24 - $23.00
(Median)
$11
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,479 - $68,784  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,800  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $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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$24,630 - $56,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.24 - $23.00  
   
Overtime
$16.02 - $33.62  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,800  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $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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$24,630 - $56,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 490

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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 become Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $42K per year. A Welder or a Metal Fabricator Assembler is a typical transition from a Metal Fabricator role.

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Popular Skills for Metal Fabricator


Metal Fabricators report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Machine Operation and Manufacturing Fabrication. Most people familiar with Metal Inert Gas Welding also 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.


Metal Fabricators generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. 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 $38K. For Metal Fabricators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $41K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $49K on average.

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Experience Affects Metal Fabricator Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Metal Fabricator Salaries



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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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National Average
$38,000

Manufacturing Fabrication
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Machine Operation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 36%
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