Metal Fabricators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.25 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Metal Fabricators stretch from $25K on the lower end to $54K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $8K from bonuses and $3K from profit sharing. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and approximately two in five have dental insurance. Most Metal Fabricators report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,392 - $70,227
(Median)
$24K
$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $49,056
10%
50%
90%

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$11.86 - $23.36
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
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90%

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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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,392 - $70,227  
   
Bonus
$203.47 - $7,861  
Profit Sharing
$92.74 - $2,901  
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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$25,108 - $54,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $23.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.04  
Overtime
$17.37 - $34.75  
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
$203.47 - $7,861  
   
Profit Sharing
$92.74 - $2,901  
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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$25,108 - $54,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 623
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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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As Metal Fabricators transition into upper-level roles such as Manufacturing Production Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Manufacturing Production Managers earn $62K on average per year. Going from Metal Fabricator to Fabricator is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Fabricators is $35K. Many others choose to work as Welders, where pay is typically $39K.

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Popular Skills for Metal Fabricator


Metal Fabricators report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Fluxed Core Arc Welding, Manufacturing Fabrication, Plasma Cutting, and Tungsten Inert Gas Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 9 percent. Grinding Tools and Aluminum Welding as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. It is often found that people who know Metal Inert Gas Welding are also skilled in 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.


For many Metal Fabricators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $32K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Metal Fabricators make a median salary of $42K. Metal Fabricators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $46K on average.

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Experience Affects Metal Fabricator Salaries




National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Metal Fabricator Salaries

Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
up arrow 9%



Blueprints
up arrow 4%

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
up arrow 4%

Precision Machining
up arrow 3%

Welding
up arrow 2%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 3%

Aluminum Welding
up arrow 6%

Grinding Tools
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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