Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter Salary

Male Structural Metal Fabricators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $18.24 per hour in the United States. Total cash compensation to Structural Metal Fabricators bottoms out near $30K and approaches $64K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $20K from profit sharing. While years of experience and the specific company impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Structural Metal Fabricators is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by over one-half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,088 - $160,746
$21K
$48K
$160K
MEDIAN: $47,932
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$13.58 - $25.35
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MEDIAN: $18.24
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$21,088 - $160,746  
   
Bonus
$383.77 - $4,932  
Profit Sharing
$70.47 - $19,866  
Commission
$600  
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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$29,583 - $63,875  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.58 - $25.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$19.27 - $36.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$383.77 - $4,932  
   
Commission
$600  
Profit Sharing
$70.47 - $19,866  
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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$29,583 - $63,875  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 561

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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

  • Position, align, and assemble fabricate parts for assembly.
  • Maintain equipment, tools, and workspace.
  • Install or load final products.
  • Grind and finish pieces and products.
  • Read and interpret blueprints, templates, schematics, and other drawings to correctly lay out pieces.

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Structural Metal Fabricators do not often transition into Certified Welding Inspector roles. The role averages $59K per year. A lot of Structural Metal Fabricators advance their careers by becoming Welders and Fabricators. However, those positions offer $3K less and $7K less per year on average.

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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, Manufacturing Fabrication, Welding, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average. Machine Operation, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Most people familiar with Blueprints also know 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $38K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $43K. On average, Structural Metal Fabricators make $44K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Structural Metal Fabricator with more than 20 years of experience can earn $49K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,578

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Structural Metal Fabricators will find that Buffalo offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Structural Metal Fabricators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent), Mobile (+20 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and Birmingham (+13 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Structural Metal Fabricator's salary, with Little Rock Structural Metal Fabricators earning salaries that are 29 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Diego and Pittsburgh (12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 96 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter Salaries

▲15%

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$43,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter Salaries



▲1%

▲1%


National Average
$43,000


Machine Operation
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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