Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter Salary

Men make up the majority of Structural Metal Fabricators in the United States, bringing in about $17.36 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — close to one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a little less than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$24,328 - $67,465

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$12.48 - $23.09

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,328 - $67,465  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,077  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $3,439  
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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$27,451 - $56,963  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.48 - $23.09  
   
Overtime
$18.60 - $33.88  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,077  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $3,439  
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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$27,451 - $56,963  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 452
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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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While not commonly seen, Structural Metal Fabricators who transition into a Certified Welding Inspector position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Certified Welding Inspectors is $58K per year. Becoming a Welder is, more often than not, the most common role that Structural Metal Fabricators move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Welder is $38K. Another frequent advance is for Structural Metal Fabricators to assume a Pipefitter role; in this role, workers often take home $53K.

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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, Metal Inert Gas Welding, Blueprints, and Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Blueprints also know 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, 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 $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $39K. Structural Metal Fabricators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $41K. 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 $44K.

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Experience Affects Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter Salaries



National Average
$40,000



Skills That Affect Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter Salaries


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

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 25%
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