Fabricators are vital to the manufacturing industry. Fabricators can be found working in teams at assembly lines. These workers fabricate and assemble different types of products, such as toys, computers and electronics. Advanced and skilled workers may be in charge of assembling more intricate machinery, such as cars or aeroplanes.
The mean hourly wage for structural metal fabricators and fitters was £10.90 and the mean annual wage, or average annual salary, was £22,802, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009. Median annual wages for structural metal fabricators and fitters ranged from approximately £14,573 to £32,422. The lowest 10 per cent of employees earn less than £14,573 and the top 10 per cent earn more than £32,422.
The PayScale website lists the median hourly rate of metal fabricators according to the years of experience. In October 28, 2010, metal fabricator with one to four years of experience earned £6.80 to £9.80; five to nine years, £8.50 to £11.60; 10 to 19 years, £10.50 to £13.70; and 20 years or more, £11.20 to £1,506.
The architectural and structural metals manufacturing industry employed the largest number of structural metal fabricators and fitters, with an average annual salary of £22,594, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009. Other industries that employed large numbers were: other fabricated metal product manufacturing, £21,697; ship and boat building, £24,615; foundation, structure and building exterior contractors, £23,335; and other miscellaneous manufacturing, £22,353.
The scientific research and development services industry paid the highest average annual salary to structural metal fabricators and fitters, with £33,689, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009. Other industries that offered high pay were: railroad rolling stock manufacturing, £31,161; motor vehicle manufacturing, £30,361; iron and steel mills and ferroalloy manufacturing, £28,879; and architectural, engineering and related services, £27,956.
The highest average annual salary among states was paid to structural metal fabricators and fitters in Rhode Island, with £27,449, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009. Other states that offered high pay were: Hawaii, £26,955; Wyoming, £26,877; Illinois, £26,676; and Minnesota, £26,084.