Men represent the vast majority of Structural Metal Fabricators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $17.93 per hour nationwide. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Structural Metal Fabricators. Nearly one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and just over a half claim dental coverage as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,437 - $144,259
(Median)
$25K
$50K
$140K
MEDIAN: $49,511
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$13.30 - $24.75
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$25,437 - $144,259  
   
Bonus
$300.00 - $4,900  
Profit Sharing
$3,375  
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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$29,255 - $62,372  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.30 - $24.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.61  
Overtime
$18.96 - $35.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$300.00 - $4,900  
   
Commission
$600  
Profit Sharing
$3,375  
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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$29,255 - $62,372  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 538
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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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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

National Average: $41,734

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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.

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Experience Affects Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter Salaries


Welding
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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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Blueprints
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Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
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National Average
$42,000

Manufacturing Fabrication
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Machine Operation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 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: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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