Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter Salary

Structural Metal Fabricators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $18.14 per hour. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Some workers in this field — close to a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,983 - $168,000
$21K
$50K
$170K
MEDIAN: $50,029
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50%
90%

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$13.41 - $25.07
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$20,983 - $168,000  
   
Bonus
$309.13 - $4,967  
Profit Sharing
$4,188  
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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$29,331 - $63,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.41 - $25.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$19.14 - $36.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$309.13 - $4,967  
   
Commission
$600  
Profit Sharing
$4,188  
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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$29,331 - $63,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 569

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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.

Common Career Paths for Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter


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It's not very common for Structural Metal Fabricators to move on to become Certified Welding Inspectors. Average pay for a Certified Welding Inspector is $59K annually. Structural Metal Fabricators most often advance into Welder and Fabricator positions even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $7K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter


Survey results suggest that Structural Metal Fabricators put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Structural Metal Fabricators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $37K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Structural Metal Fabricators make a median salary of $44K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Structural Metal Fabricators with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $48K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,256

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Structural Metal Fabricators, Buffalo offers exceptional salaries, 29 percent above the national average. Structural Metal Fabricators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent), Mobile (+19 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and Birmingham (+14 percent). Structural Metal Fabricators in Little Rock make 29 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Diego (11 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (8 percent lower).

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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 95 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter Salaries

▲14%

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$42,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter Salaries



▲1%

▲1%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
▼0%

Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
▼0%

National Average
$42,000

Machine Operation
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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