Metal Fabricator Salary

A sizeable majority of Metal Fabricators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $16.25 per hour. Final cash compensation to Metal Fabricators varies from around $25K to approximately $56K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $2K and $6K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Metal Fabricators. 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. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,233 - $68,510
(Median)
$29K
$43K
$69K
MEDIAN: $43,337
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$11.22 - $22.83
(Median)
$11
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,233 - $68,510  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,949  
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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$24,593 - $56,125  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.22 - $22.83  
   
Overtime
$15.93 - $33.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,949  
   
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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$24,593 - $56,125  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 516
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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.

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Metal Fabricators' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Manufacturing Production Supervisor. The average Manufacturing Production Supervisor brings home $50K per year. More often than not, a Welder role is the next step for Metal Fabricators moving up in the field. Welders usually make $38K per year. Many other Metal Fabricators choose to take on a Metal Fabricator Assembler role, where salaries are typically $34K.

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Popular Skills for Metal Fabricator


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills 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 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Machine Operation. 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $31K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $38K. Metal Fabricators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $41K. Metal Fabricators who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median 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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National Average
$37,000

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Machine Operation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 36%
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