Metal Fabricator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Metal Fabricators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $16.27 per hour nationwide. Final cash compensation to Metal Fabricators varies from around $25K to approximately $54K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $2K and $3K, respectively. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Metal Fabricators report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than a third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and nearly two in five have dental, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,387 - $67,660
(Median)
$26K
$41K
$68K
MEDIAN: $40,807
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$11.43 - $22.74
(Median)
$11
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary 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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$26,387 - $67,660  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,026  
Profit Sharing
$90.00 - $3,052  
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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$24,793 - $53,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.43 - $22.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.11  
Overtime
$16.55 - $34.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,026  
   
Profit Sharing
$90.00 - $3,052  
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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$24,793 - $53,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 631
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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.

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Metal Fabricators' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Manufacturing Production Supervisor. The average Manufacturing Production Supervisor brings home $51K per year. Metal Fabricators typically move into roles as Welders or Structural Metal Fabricators, and those positions pay $1K more and $2K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Metal Fabricator


Metal Fabricators report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Plasma Cutting, Aluminum Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, and Precision Machining are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Grinding Tools and Machine Operation as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $32K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $38K. For Metal Fabricators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $41K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $45K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Metal Fabricator Salaries




National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Metal Fabricator Salaries

Plasma Cutting
up arrow 8%

Aluminum Welding
up arrow 7%



Welding
up arrow 4%

Blueprints
up arrow 4%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 3%

National Average
$37,000

Manufacturing Fabrication
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Machine Operation
up arrow 12%

Grinding Tools
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 125 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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