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Metal Fabricator Salary

Metal Fabricators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.10 per hour. Total incomes of Metal Fabricators incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $2K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $25K and $55K. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one in three lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and just over two-fifths have dental, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$28,728 - $68,510
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MEDIAN: $41,137
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$11.32 - $22.67
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$28,728 - $68,510  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,979  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $9,787  
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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$24,968 - $54,650  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.32 - $22.67  
   
Overtime
$15.91 - $33.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,979  
   
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $9,787  
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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$24,968 - $54,650  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 440
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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 for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmer, where the median income is $42K per year. The most common promotion for Metal Fabricators is Welder, a position that typically pays $38K annually. Another standard transition for Metal Fabricators seeking advancement is to assume a Metal Fabricator Assembler role, where pay is often $34K.

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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, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Welding, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. Most people 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $31K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Metal Fabricators make a median salary of $41K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $48K.

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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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Blueprints
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National Average
$37,000

Manufacturing Fabrication
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 34%