Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter Salary

Structural Metal Fabricators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.46 per hour. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although nearly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one-half get dental coverage, too. Work is enjoyable for Structural Metal Fabricators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$26,312 - $73,764
(Median)
$26K
$44K
$74K
MEDIAN: $43,916
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$13.02 - $23.65
(Median)
$13
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$26,312 - $73,764  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,873  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$28,915 - $59,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.02 - $23.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$19.00 - $34.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,873  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$28,915 - $59,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 554
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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.

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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


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Structural Metal Fabricators do not often transition into Certified Welding Inspector roles. The role averages $58K per year. Structural Metal Fabricators most often move into Welder or Fabricator roles. However, the former pays $2K less on average, and the latter pays $6K less.

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Popular Skills for Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter


Survey results show that Structural Metal Fabricators use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Blueprints, Metal Inert Gas Welding, and Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Manufacturing Fabrication, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Most people skilled in Blueprints are similarly competent in Metal Inert Gas (MIG) 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.


For Structural Metal Fabricators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $37K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $41K. Structural Metal Fabricators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $42K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Structural Metal Fabricator generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $44K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,472

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With a pay rate for Structural Metal Fabricators that is 26 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Structural Metal Fabricators will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+15 percent) and Cleveland (+13 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Structural Metal Fabricators is geography, with workers in Little Rock earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Los Angeles and San Diego (15 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter Salaries


Blueprints
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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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Welding
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Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
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National Average
$40,000

Manufacturing Fabrication
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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