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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
61,070 2.1 % $ 21.99 $ 45,730 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.46 $ 17.87 $ 21.87 $ 23.78 $ 29.61
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,090 $ 37,180 $ 45,480 $ 49,470 $ 61,590


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) 24,180 5.21 $ 21.29 $ 44,270
Ship and Boat Building 5,400 3.74 $ 26.64 $ 55,420
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 5,310 0.76 $ 21.99 $ 45,730
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 3,380 0.36 $ 22.65 $ 47,110
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 2,750 0.62 $ 20.47 $ 42,580

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) 24,180 5.21 $ 21.29 $ 44,270
Ship and Boat Building 5,400 3.74 $ 26.64 $ 55,420
Household Appliance Manufacturing 1,360 2.09 $ 21.89 $ 45,540
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 2,320 1.48 $ 19.91 $ 41,410
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 450 0.86 $ 22.70 $ 47,220

Top paying industries for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction (8) (8) $ 39.18 $ 81,500
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 50 (7) $ 33.35 $ 69,360
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 160 0.04 $ 32.14 $ 66,840
Scientific Research and Development Services 50 0.01 $ 31.46 $ 65,440
Management of Companies and Enterprises 90 (7) $ 28.84 $ 59,980


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.



Map of employment of structural metal fabricators and fitters by state, May 2021


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 7,210 0.59 1.36 $ 20.36 $ 42,340
California 4,430 0.27 0.62 $ 22.90 $ 47,640
Wisconsin 4,000 1.45 3.35 $ 22.76 $ 47,340
Pennsylvania 2,920 0.52 1.21 $ 21.98 $ 45,720
Alabama 2,580 1.34 3.09 $ 21.01 $ 43,700


Map of location quotient of structural metal fabricators and fitters by state, May 2021


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)
Wisconsin 4,000 1.45 3.35 $ 22.76 $ 47,340
Maine 810 1.37 3.17 $ 23.73 $ 49,370
Alabama 2,580 1.34 3.09 $ 21.01 $ 43,700
Arkansas 1,120 0.94 2.18 $ 18.23 $ 37,920
Oregon 1,660 0.91 2.09 $ 24.79 $ 51,570


Map of annual mean wages of structural metal fabricators and fitters by state, May 2021


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 30 0.06 0.14 $ 32.39 $ 67,380
Alaska 60 0.21 0.48 $ 26.55 $ 55,230
New York 1,980 0.23 0.53 $ 25.83 $ 53,720
Massachusetts 1,170 0.34 0.79 $ 25.55 $ 53,150
Maryland 870 0.34 0.79 $ 25.28 $ 52,590



Map of employment of structural metal fabricators and fitters by area, May 2021


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)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,070 0.58 1.33 $ 20.62 $ 42,890
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,020 0.70 1.61 $ 21.39 $ 44,490
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,860 0.21 0.49 $ 27.00 $ 56,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,260 0.22 0.51 $ 22.07 $ 45,900
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,240 0.29 0.68 $ 23.28 $ 48,420
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,190 1.06 2.45 $ 26.17 $ 54,420
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 980 0.46 1.06 $ 18.28 $ 38,030
Mobile, AL 960 5.91 13.64 (8) (8)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 960 0.50 1.15 $ 24.36 $ 50,670
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 960 0.69 1.59 $ 25.21 $ 52,430


Map of location quotient of structural metal fabricators and fitters by area, May 2021


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)
Mobile, AL 960 5.91 13.64 (8) (8)
Wausau, WI 380 5.58 12.88 $ 24.66 $ 51,290
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 550 4.09 9.44 $ 21.14 $ 43,980
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 120 2.14 4.93 $ 21.64 $ 45,000
Decatur, AL 120 2.12 4.89 $ 19.62 $ 40,810
Dothan, AL 110 1.93 4.45 $ 17.20 $ 35,770
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 150 1.87 4.30 $ 22.23 $ 46,240
Racine, WI 130 1.84 4.24 $ 22.83 $ 47,480
Gadsden, AL 60 1.82 4.20 $ 15.31 $ 31,840
Winchester, VA-WV 110 1.79 4.13 $ 20.64 $ 42,930


Map of annual mean wages of structural metal fabricators and fitters by area, May 2021


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)
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 50 0.60 1.39 $ 28.43 $ 59,130
Anchorage, AK 30 0.20 0.46 $ 27.84 $ 57,900
Longview, WA 50 1.42 3.28 $ 27.60 $ 57,410
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 880 1.24 2.85 $ 27.52 $ 57,250
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 40 0.29 0.67 $ 27.49 $ 57,190
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 50 1.03 2.37 $ 27.21 $ 56,590
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,860 0.21 0.49 $ 27.00 $ 56,150
Salt Lake City, UT 600 0.80 1.85 $ 26.82 $ 55,790
Leominster-Gardner, MA 40 0.86 1.98 $ 26.46 $ 55,040
Worcester, MA-CT 80 0.30 0.69 $ 26.36 $ 54,830

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)
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 410 3.06 7.06 $ 20.39 $ 42,420
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 390 2.05 4.72 $ 21.50 $ 44,710
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 360 1.13 2.61 $ 20.05 $ 41,710
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 340 1.29 2.99 $ 18.15 $ 37,750
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 320 0.86 1.98 $ 20.31 $ 42,240

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 230 3.49 8.05 $ 17.58 $ 36,570
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 410 3.06 7.06 $ 20.39 $ 42,420
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 150 2.32 5.35 $ 17.87 $ 37,180
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 390 2.05 4.72 $ 21.50 $ 44,710
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 290 2.01 4.64 $ 18.84 $ 39,180

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)
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 0.88 $ 26.50 $ 55,120
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.67 1.54 $ 25.33 $ 52,690
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 24.43 $ 50,810
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 0.96 2.22 $ 23.18 $ 48,220
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.50 1.16 $ 23.12 $ 48,090


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022