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 $17.46 per hour in the United States. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Structural Metal Fabricators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — about a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale 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 who advance into the role of a Certified Welding Inspector are fairly uncommon. Certified Welding Inspectors on average earn $58K per year. A lot of Structural Metal Fabricators advance their careers by becoming Welders and Fabricators. However, those positions offer $2K less and $6K less per year on average.

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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. Those educated in Blueprints tend to be well versed 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.


Structural Metal Fabricators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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 $41K. Structural Metal Fabricators see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $44K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,472

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New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Structural Metal Fabricators, 26 percent above the national average. Structural Metal Fabricators will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+15 percent) and Cleveland (+13 percent). Compared to the national average, Little Rock Structural Metal Fabricators have considerably lower salaries, 26 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Los Angeles and San Diego are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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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