Metal Fabricator Salary

Men account for the majority of Metal Fabricators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $16.27 per hour. Cash earnings for Metal Fabricators — which occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $3K from profit sharing — stretch from around $25K to approximately $54K. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Metal Fabricators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by roughly two in five. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$26,387 - $67,660
(Median)
$26K
$41K
$68K
MEDIAN: $40,807
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90%

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$11.43 - $22.74
(Median)
$11
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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.

Common Career Paths for Metal Fabricator


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Metal Fabricators may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Manufacturing Production Supervisor. The latter position pays an average of $51K annually. Metal Fabricators moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Welders or Structural Metal Fabricators. The median paychecks in those roles are $1K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Metal Fabricator


Survey results show that Metal Fabricators use a fair number of skills. 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. Those listing Grinding Tools and Machine Operation as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. 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.


For Metal Fabricators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $32K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $38K. On average, Metal Fabricators make $41K following one to two decades on the job. Metal Fabricators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $45K.

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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
up arrow 3%

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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