Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average pay of $12.97 per hour. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (61 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $11.36 per hour on average.
Across its U.S. offices, the state of Pennsylvania pays Defiance Metal Products the most — around $13.76 per hour on average.
The highest paychecks go to Metal and Plastic Press Machine Setters, who earn an average approximately $16.25 per hour, closely trailed by Welders (about $14.00), Press Brake Operators ($13.00), and Laser Machine Operators (approximately $12.38).
Certifications and Degrees
American Welding Society Members earn $18.68 per hour, far more than their non-accredited counterparts.
Employees who count Arc Welding among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is around $14.00 per hour. Blueprints is a popular skill among Defiance Metal Products workers, with over a third of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Precision Measurement, Machine Operation, and Gas Metal Arc Welding.
Benefits and Perks
Nearly all survey participants plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. Health insurance is part of the package for a strong majority of respondents, and for a fair number of employees, dental coverage is too.