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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

51-2041 Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters

Fabricate, position, align, and fit parts of structural metal products. Shipfitters are included in “Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic” (51-4192).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
76,890 2.4 % $20.67 $43,000 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.24 $16.01 $19.42 $24.10 $29.57
Annual Wage (2) $27,530 $33,290 $40,390 $50,130 $61,500


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 32,200 6.56 $20.04 $41,680
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 6,870 0.91 $20.48 $42,590
Ship and Boat Building 4,650 3.30 $25.13 $52,270
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 4,020 0.43 $20.26 $42,150
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 4,010 0.83 $19.84 $41,260

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 32,200 6.56 $20.04 $41,680
Ship and Boat Building 4,650 3.30 $25.13 $52,270
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 3,370 2.05 $19.11 $39,750
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 370 1.59 $22.27 $46,320
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 330 0.97 $19.84 $41,270

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 80 (7) $36.24 $75,380
Natural Gas Distribution 40 0.03 $34.21 $71,160
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores (8) (8) $29.16 $60,660
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $27.83 $57,880
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing (8) (8) $27.03 $56,220


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 9,970 0.80 1.53 $20.37 $42,360
California 5,430 0.31 0.60 $20.39 $42,420
Wisconsin 5,030 1.75 3.35 $21.77 $45,290
Illinois 3,740 0.62 1.19 $22.65 $47,120
Ohio 3,370 0.62 1.18 $18.07 $37,590




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 1,780 3.68 7.03 (8) (8)
Wisconsin 5,030 1.75 3.35 $21.77 $45,290
Alabama 2,980 1.51 2.88 $19.78 $41,150
Utah 1,630 1.08 2.07 $21.36 $44,420
Kansas 1,480 1.06 2.03 $30.00 $62,400




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas 1,480 1.06 2.03 $30.00 $62,400
Alaska (8) (8) (8) $27.30 $56,780
Hawaii 100 0.16 0.31 $24.89 $51,780
New York 2,160 0.23 0.43 $24.24 $50,410
Massachusetts 1,040 0.29 0.55 $23.66 $49,200





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,640 1.19 2.28 $21.17 $44,040
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,760 0.59 1.13 $23.91 $49,730
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,150 0.59 1.12 $19.59 $40,750
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,950 0.20 0.39 $23.82 $49,550
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 1,920 3.32 6.34 $26.71 $55,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,650 0.27 0.51 $19.45 $40,450
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,380 0.65 1.25 $17.56 $36,530
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,150 0.95 1.81 $24.52 $50,990
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,130 0.75 1.44 $22.09 $45,940
Salt Lake City, UT 1,010 1.37 2.61 $22.76 $47,340




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wausau, WI 580 8.17 15.60 $23.55 $48,980
Winchester, VA-WV 220 3.65 6.97 $19.75 $41,070
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 1,920 3.32 6.34 $26.71 $55,550
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 270 2.85 5.44 $20.05 $41,700
Coeur d'Alene, ID 180 2.84 5.43 $18.90 $39,320
Abilene, TX 170 2.55 4.87 $20.48 $42,590
Albany, OR 110 2.48 4.74 $23.17 $48,190
Green Bay, WI 420 2.39 4.57 $21.51 $44,750
Decatur, AL 130 2.38 4.55 $17.25 $35,880
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 200 2.34 4.47 $23.96 $49,840