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 $16.29 per hour. Total cash compensation to Metal Fabricators bottoms out near $24K and approaches $56K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $2K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by two in five. Job satisfaction for Metal Fabricators is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,728 - $68,510
(Median)
$29K
$43K
$69K
MEDIAN: $43,337
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$11.15 - $23.30
(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
$28,728 - $68,510  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,932  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $7,891  
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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$24,406 - $55,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.15 - $23.30  
   
Overtime
$15.95 - $33.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,932  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $7,891  
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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$24,406 - $55,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 483

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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 may see a small rise in pay. On average, Computer Numerically Controlled Operator and Programmers earn $42K per year. It is not uncommon for a Metal Fabricator to continue on to become a Welder or a Metal Fabricator Assembler.

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Popular Skills for Metal Fabricator


Metal Fabricators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Precision Machining, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Welding, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Machine Operation and Manufacturing Fabrication. Those familiar with Metal Inert Gas Welding also tend to 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.


Metal Fabricators with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $38K. Metal Fabricators see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Metal Fabricators who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $49K.

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Experience Affects Metal Fabricator Salaries




National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Metal Fabricator Salaries



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Blueprints
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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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National Average
$37,000

Manufacturing Fabrication
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Machine Operation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 108 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
26%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 35%