Metal Fabricator Salary (United States)

Metal Fabricators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $15.91 per hour. Pay generally spreads from $11.23 per hour to $22.53. Although around one third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and 43 percent get dental coverage, too. The majority of Metal Fabricators claim high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Metal Fabricator Salary (?
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$29,310 - $69,531
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MEDIAN: $43,415
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Metal Fabricator Salary (?
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$11.23 - $22.53
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,310 - $69,531  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,953  
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $9,696  
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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$24,982 - $54,665  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.23 - $22.53  
   
Overtime
$15.94 - $32.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,953  
   
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $9,696  
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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$24,982 - $54,665  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 430
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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 may experience a boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer may bring in slightly more money—an additional $4,797 annually. The most common career progression for Metal Fabricators leads to becoming a Welder, resulting in an extra $1,398 annually. However, many Metal Fabricators also opt to become a Metal Fabricator Assembler, a move that typically leads to a pay cut of $2,376.

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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, Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding, and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 11 percent, 9 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 salaries. Salaries can reach $37K from $31K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $41K. As Metal Fabricators reach 20 years on the job, salary growth continues to be strong, with earnings averaging $49,886. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

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Experience Affects Metal Fabricator Salaries

National Average
$37,000

Skills That Affect Metal Fabricator Salaries

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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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$37,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 35%
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