Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter Salary

Men make up the majority of Structural Metal Fabricators in the United States, bringing in about $17.34 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Structural Metal Fabricators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — roughly one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a little less than half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,060 - $66,944
(Median)
$22K
$40K
$67K
MEDIAN: $39,547
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$12.45 - $23.04
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$22,060 - $66,944  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
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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$27,357 - $57,631  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.45 - $23.04  
   
Overtime
$18.27 - $34.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
   
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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$27,357 - $57,631  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 438
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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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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 $58K annually. 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


Typical Structural Metal Fabricators report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Metal Inert Gas Welding, Blueprints, and Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 5 percent. 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $36K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $39K. On average, Structural Metal Fabricators make $41K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $43K.

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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 71 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

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