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Metal Fabricator Salary (United States)

Men account for the majority of Metal Fabricators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $15.91 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Metal Fabricators can bottom out near $25K or peak near $55K depending on individual performance. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and more than two-fifths receive dental plans. For the most part, Metal Fabricators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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  
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  
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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Compensation may increase for Metal Fabricators who take upper-end positions like Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer. Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers usually make $42K per year. More often than not, Welder role is the next step for Metal Fabricators moving up in the field. Welders usually make $38K per year. Many other Metal Fabricators choose to take on a Metal Fabricator Assembler role, where salaries are typically $34K.

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Popular Skills for Metal Fabricator

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Precision Machining, Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, and Metal Inert Gas 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 Welding are, more often than not, also skilled in Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Metal Fabricator

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Metal Fabricators with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $31K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $37K. Metal Fabricators see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $50K. A little more than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under one in three of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining around one in seven.

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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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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%