Metal Fabricator Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of Metal Fabricators in the United States. People in this role can an average of earn $15.91 per hour nationwide. The range in pay spans from $11.23 per hour to $22.53. Overall cash earnings for Metal Fabricators stretch from $29,310 on the lower end to $69,531 near the top, and the heftier packages can encompass around $1,953 from bonuses and $9,696 from profit sharing. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by 43 percent. Most Metal Fabricators like their work and job satisfaction is high. This outline is derived from replies 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  
PayScale
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' salaries may rise in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programmer may get paid an extra $4,797 per year. Metal Fabricators go on to become Welders more often than anything else, where paychecks are higher by $1,398. Metal Fabricators will find lower salaries (-$2,376) when they move into a Metal Fabricator Assembler role, another well-traveled path for those in this field.

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Popular Skills for Metal Fabricator

Metal Fabricators note just a narrow range of job skills. 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. Most people familiar with Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding also know Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Metal Fabricator

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For many but not all Metal Fabricators, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. Salaries can reach $37K from $31K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $41K. Metal Fabricators experience solid salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $49,886. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within this radius.

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Experience Affects Metal Fabricator Salaries

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$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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