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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
Industry profile for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
Geographic profile for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters

National estimates for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
69,550 2.7 % $ 21.51 $ 44,750 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.82 $ 16.58 $ 20.09 $ 25.04 $ 30.74
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,750 $ 34,480 $ 41,780 $ 52,080 $ 63,950


Industry profile for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 28,830 6.09 $ 20.80 $ 43,270
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 5,990 0.83 $ 21.47 $ 44,650
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 4,010 0.43 $ 21.40 $ 44,510
Ship and Boat Building 3,940 2.87 $ 26.07 $ 54,220
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 3,490 0.77 $ 19.77 $ 41,120

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 28,830 6.09 $ 20.80 $ 43,270
Ship and Boat Building 3,940 2.87 $ 26.07 $ 54,220
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 450 2.09 $ 23.75 $ 49,410
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 2,870 1.95 $ 19.99 $ 41,570
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 5,990 0.83 $ 21.47 $ 44,650

Top paying industries for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,220 0.23 $ 37.40 $ 77,800
Natural Gas Distribution 30 0.03 $ 36.15 $ 75,200
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 90 (7) $ 35.91 $ 74,690
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores (8) (8) $ 30.85 $ 64,160
Automotive Repair and Maintenance (8) (8) $ 29.29 $ 60,910


Geographic profile for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters:

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





States with the highest employment level in Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 9,300 0.77 1.54 $ 20.58 $ 42,800
California 5,320 0.32 0.65 $ 22.20 $ 46,170
Wisconsin 4,480 1.65 3.30 $ 22.34 $ 46,460
Illinois 4,080 0.73 1.45 $ 22.27 $ 46,310
Alabama 3,300 1.74 3.47 $ 20.19 $ 42,000




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alabama 3,300 1.74 3.47 $ 20.19 $ 42,000
Wisconsin 4,480 1.65 3.30 $ 22.34 $ 46,460
Utah 1,960 1.32 2.64 $ 24.21 $ 50,350
Idaho 650 0.91 1.82 $ 20.88 $ 43,430
Arkansas 1,050 0.89 1.79 $ 17.41 $ 36,210




Top paying states for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 40 0.06 0.13 $ 28.18 $ 58,620
New York 2,130 0.24 0.49 $ 25.69 $ 53,440
Connecticut 400 0.26 0.52 $ 24.37 $ 50,690
Alaska 30 0.11 0.22 $ 24.33 $ 50,610
Utah 1,960 1.32 2.64 $ 24.21 $ 50,350





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,750 1.26 2.53 $ 21.33 $ 44,370
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,040 0.70 1.39 $ 23.24 $ 48,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,810 0.31 0.62 $ 21.45 $ 44,620
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,740 0.48 0.97 $ 19.63 $ 40,830
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,710 0.19 0.39 $ 25.44 $ 52,920
Salt Lake City, UT 1,390 1.91 3.82 $ 25.79 $ 53,650
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,220 0.87 1.75 $ 24.01 $ 49,930
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,020 0.49 0.97 $ 19.10 $ 39,730
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 970 0.36 0.72 $ 21.88 $ 45,500
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 970 0.85 1.69 $ 25.72 $ 53,500




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wausau, WI 500 7.33 14.67 $ 23.98 $ 49,880
Coeur d'Alene, ID 190 3.13 6.25 $ 19.43 $ 40,410
Winchester, VA-WV 180 3.04 6.08 $ 20.60 $ 42,850
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 270 2.99 5.97 $ 20.76 $ 43,180
Gadsden, AL 80 2.64 5.27 $ 15.07 $ 31,330
Appleton, WI 300 2.54 5.08 $ 22.08 $ 45,920
Longview, WA 90 2.45 4.91 $ 34.59 $ 71,950
Decatur, AL 130 2.45 4.90 $ 17.34 $ 36,060
Green Bay, WI 360 2.20 4.41 $ 22.03 $ 45,810
Albany, OR 90 2.11 4.22 $ 23.14 $ 48,130




Top paying metropolitan areas for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Longview, WA 90 2.45 4.91 $ 34.59 $ 71,950
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 270 0.55 1.10 $ 29.21 $ 60,760
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 27.99 $ 58,230
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 130 0.31 0.61 $ 26.95 $ 56,060
Tyler, TX 120 1.20 2.41 $ 26.88 $ 55,910
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 330 0.14 0.28 $ 25.82 $ 53,700
Salt Lake City, UT 1,390 1.91 3.82 $ 25.79 $ 53,650
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 970 0.85 1.69 $ 25.72 $ 53,500
Lafayette, LA 310 1.62 3.25 $ 25.55 $ 53,150
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 120 0.11 0.22 $ 25.47 $ 52,980

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 460 2.45 4.90 $ 19.39 $ 40,340
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 400 1.49 2.97 $ 20.81 $ 43,280
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 390 1.97 3.94 $ 19.73 $ 41,030
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 350 2.12 4.23 $ 20.73 $ 43,120
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 330 2.45 4.90 $ 20.66 $ 42,970

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 300 4.71 9.41 $ 17.66 $ 36,740
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 180 2.80 5.60 $ 17.11 $ 35,580
Northwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 2.79 5.59 $ 21.46 $ 44,640
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 330 2.45 4.90 $ 20.66 $ 42,970
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 460 2.45 4.90 $ 19.39 $ 40,340

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.43 0.85 $ 25.79 $ 53,650
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 23.63 $ 49,150
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.75 1.50 $ 23.58 $ 49,040
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.51 1.01 $ 23.40 $ 48,680
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.80 1.60 $ 22.83 $ 47,480


About May 2020 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021