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Metal Fabricator Salary

Men make up the majority of Metal Fabricators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $16.33 per hour. Total cash compensation for Metal Fabricators runs from $25K to $56K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by roughly two-fifths. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,479 - $68,784
(Median)
$29K
$46K
$69K
MEDIAN: $45,717
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$11.29 - $22.83
(Median)
$11
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,479 - $68,784  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,919  
Profit Sharing
$45.00 - $5,500  
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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$24,761 - $55,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.29 - $22.83  
   
Overtime
$16.12 - $33.45  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,919  
   
Profit Sharing
$45.00 - $5,500  
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).
)
$24,761 - $55,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 494
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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 who become Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $42K per year. It is not unusual for a Metal Fabricator to become a Welder or a Metal Fabricator Assembler.

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Popular Skills for Metal Fabricator


Metal Fabricators report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Precision Machining, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Welding, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Machine Operation and Manufacturing Fabrication. The majority of those who know 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Metal Fabricators. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $31K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $38K. Metal Fabricators bring in $42K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $49K on average.

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Experience Affects Metal Fabricator Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Metal Fabricator Salaries



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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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National Average
$38,000

Manufacturing Fabrication
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Machine Operation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 36%
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