Metal Fabricator Salary

Male Metal Fabricators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $16.19 per hour in the United States. Total cash compensation to Metal Fabricators approaches anywhere from $25K on the lower end to $55K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Metal Fabricators report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than a third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and about two in five have dental, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$11.25 - $22.70

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,163 - $68,784  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,960  
Profit Sharing
$45.00 - $5,500  
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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$24,733 - $54,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.25 - $22.70  
   
Overtime
$15.91 - $33.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,960  
   
Profit Sharing
$45.00 - $5,500  
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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$24,733 - $54,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 520
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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 go on to become Manufacturing Production Supervisors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Manufacturing Production Supervisors is $50K annually. When Metal Fabricators are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Welders or Structural Metal Fabricators. Those roles pay an additional $1K and $2K, respectively.

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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 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Machine Operation. For most people, competency in Metal Inert Gas Welding indicates knowledge of 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Metal Fabricators. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $41K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $47K.

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Experience Affects Metal Fabricator Salaries




National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Metal Fabricator Salaries



Welding
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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
26%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 36%
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