Metal Fabricator Salary

A sizeable majority of Metal Fabricators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $16.38 per hour. In the world of Metal Fabricators, total cash compensation can vary between $26K and $55K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $6K and $3K, respectively. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and roughly two-fifths have dental, as well. For the most part, Metal Fabricators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$25,543 - $71,009
$26K
$49K
$71K
MEDIAN: $49,057
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50%
90%

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$12.00 - $23.32
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.38
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,543 - $71,009  
   
Bonus
$248.32 - $6,040  
Profit Sharing
$91.92 - $2,740  
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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$25,510 - $55,010  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $23.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.04  
Overtime
$17.90 - $34.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$248.32 - $6,040  
   
Profit Sharing
$91.92 - $2,740  
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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$25,510 - $55,010  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 650

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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 who go on to become Manufacturing Production Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Manufacturing Production Managers is $62K annually. A Fabricator role is the most common promotion for Metal Fabricators moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $35K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Metal Fabricators is a Welder position, where earnings are usually $39K.

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Popular Skills for Metal Fabricator


Metal Fabricators report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Fluxed Core Arc Welding, Plasma Cutting, Manufacturing Fabrication, and Aluminum Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 15 percent. Grinding Tools, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Most people familiar with 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $32K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Metal Fabricators see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Metal Fabricator generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $46K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,755

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For Metal Fabricators, working in the bustling city of Orlando has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Metal Fabricators will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+21 percent), Grand Rapids (+18 percent), Cleveland (+15 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Boise is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Workers in Atlanta and Detroit earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

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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 106 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Metal Fabricator Salaries

▲23%

▲12%

▲4%

National Average
$38,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Metal Fabricator Salaries

Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
▲15%



Aluminum Welding
▲6%

▲5%


▲3%



National Average
$38,000


Grinding Tools
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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