Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter Salary
Job Description for Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter
Structural metal fabricators/fitters are responsible for fabricating and fitting metal structures for their company. They are in charge of create metal pieces to complete projects and ensuring that are correctly positioned and meet the project's needed. Structural metal fabricators/fitters study and analyze engineering drawing before the fabrication process, as well as use a personal computer to create molds and designs before the metal is molded into specific shapes. They take part into the fitting process and assess safety after the metal structures have been put into place. In all tasks, structural metal fabricators/fitters must follow strict safety regulations to prevent accidents.Read More...
Structural metal fabricators/fitters also examine metal components and stock to determine project compatibility, conducting measurements using hand tools, and participating in the equipment maintenance process by cleaning up machinery after use. Additionally, they operate fabricating machines and move parts into position following layout specifications using their hands, welding torches, and other specialized tools. They analyze proposed material list to make changes before ordering supplies. Generally, structural metal fabricators/fitters report their progress to the structural manager or supervisor in their department.
Previous experience fabricating metal pieces - and as a fitter - are required for this position. Structural metal fabricators/fitters should pay strong attention to detail, be problem solvers, and work well with other fabricators/fitters in a team environment to achieve all company objective in a timely manner.
Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter Tasks
- Grind and finish pieces and products.
- Read and interpret blueprints, templates, schematics, and other drawings to correctly lay out pieces.
- Install or load final products.
- Position, align, and assemble fabricate parts for assembly.
- Maintain equipment, tools, and workspace.
Common Career Paths for Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter
Though it's uncommon, some Structural Metal Fabricators move into roles as Certified Welding Inspectors, where pay is an average $59K per year. Structural Metal Fabricators most frequently become Welders and Fabricators even though median compensation is $3K lower and $6K lower, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter
Structural Metal Fabricators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Welding, Metal Inert Gas Welding, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average. Machine Operation, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. For most people, competency in Blueprints indicates knowledge of Welding and Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW).
Pay by Experience Level for Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $37K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $42K. Structural Metal Fabricators see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $47K.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, Structural Metal Fabricators in Buffalo receive some of the highest pay in the country. Structural Metal Fabricators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent), Houston (+16 percent), Birmingham (+15 percent), and Seattle (+15 percent). Structural Metal Fabricators in Little Rock report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 28 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. San Diego and Los Angeles are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.