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Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Structural Metal Fabricators earn an average of $17.30 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — about one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by just under a half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$24,000 - $68,400
(Median)
$24K
$40K
$68K
MEDIAN: $40,000
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$12.39 - $22.95
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,000 - $68,400  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,034  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $3,500  
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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$27,342 - $57,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.39 - $22.95  
   
Overtime
$18.10 - $34.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $3,500  
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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$27,342 - $57,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 417

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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Certified Welding Inspector, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $58K per year.

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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, Welding, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Most people familiar with 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $36K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $39K. Structural Metal Fabricators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $43K.

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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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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 71 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 25%
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