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 $16.56 per hour. Cash earnings for Metal Fabricators — including $7K in bonuses and $2K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $26K to $55K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Over a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and just over two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$25,032 - $69,992
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$46K
$70K
MEDIAN: $46,011
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$12.16 - $23.94
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MEDIAN: $16.56
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$0$69K
Salary $25,032 - $69,992
Bonus $300.00 - $7,000
Profit Sharing $295.90 - $2,383
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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$25,979 - $54,568
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 55
Hourly Data $0$35
Hourly Rate $12.16 - $23.94
Hourly Tips $2.04
Overtime $18.20 - $35.12
Annual Data $0$54K
Bonus $300.00 - $7,000
Profit Sharing $295.90 - $2,383
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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$25,979 - $54,568
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 693

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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

  • Fabricate carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum and other metals working from drawings and written instructions.
  • Set up and operate fabricating machines to form and assemble metal components.
  • Position and weld parts to form complete units or subunits, following blueprints and layout specifications.

Common Career Paths for Metal Fabricator


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Metal Fabricators may progress into high-paying roles like Manufacturing Production Manager, where median compensation is $63K annually. A Metal Fabricator often moves on to become a Fabricator or a Welder.

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Popular Skills for Metal Fabricator


Survey takers working as Metal Fabricators report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Fluxed Core Arc Welding, Aluminum Welding, Manufacturing Fabrication, and Plasma Cutting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 19 percent. Grinding Tools and Machine Operation as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. The majority of those who know Metal Inert Gas Welding also know Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Metal Fabricator

Pay by Experience for a Metal Fabricator has a positive trend. An entry-level Metal Fabricator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 325 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Metal Fabricator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 213 salaries. An experienced Metal Fabricator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 189 salaries. A Metal Fabricator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 117 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,219

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Orlando offers some of the highest pay in the country for Metal Fabricators, 29 percent above the national average. Metal Fabricators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Indianapolis (+17 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), Grand Rapids (+16 percent), and Cleveland (+11 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Boise is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Detroit (16 percent lower) and Atlanta (13 percent lower).

Metal Fabricator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Metal Fabricator?

Metal Fabricator in Paterson:
"Making bras tables for the most part."
Pros: I like the fact I keep active throughout the day and doing different things:
Cons: The job is a little stressing and sometimes it requires great precision.

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Key Stats for Metal Fabricator

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 142 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Metal Fabricator Salaries

▲22%

▲11%

▲2%

National Average
$38,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Metal Fabricator Salaries

Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
▲19%

Aluminum Welding
▲17%



▲3%


▲1%



National Average
$38,000


Grinding Tools
▼30%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 142 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
no benefits
None: 36%
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