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. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While some workers in this profession — about one in four — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and slightly less than half have dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,060 - $66,944
(Median)
$22K
$40K
$67K
MEDIAN: $39,547
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$12.43 - $23.07
(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 - $2,045  
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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$27,238 - $57,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.43 - $23.07  
   
Overtime
$18.29 - $34.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,045  
   
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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$27,238 - $57,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 444
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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. Structural Metal Fabricators go on to become Welders more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $38K. Structural Metal Fabricators who move into a Pipefitter role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $53K.

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Popular Skills for Structural Metal Fabricator / Fitter


Structural Metal Fabricators report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Blueprints, Metal Inert Gas Welding, and Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 5 percent. Those familiar with Blueprints also tend to 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $36K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Structural Metal Fabricators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $41K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $43K on average.

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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

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
24%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
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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