Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
77,600 2.0 % $19.47 $40,490 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.47 $15.08 $18.49 $23.02 $28.38
Annual Wage (2) $25,940 $31,370 $38,450 $47,880 $59,040


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) 30,680 6.69 $18.65 $38,790
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 7,060 1.01 $18.90 $39,320
Ship and Boat Building 5,310 3.96 $23.56 $49,010
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 4,560 0.98 $19.52 $40,610
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 3,470 0.40 $19.77 $41,120

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) 30,680 6.69 $18.65 $38,790
Ship and Boat Building 5,310 3.96 $23.56 $49,010
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 2,460 1.66 $18.46 $38,400
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 530 1.57 $23.08 $48,020
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 250 1.10 $22.74 $47,290

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing (8) (8) $30.18 $62,780
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 40 (7) $27.57 $57,340
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,260 0.26 $25.63 $53,310
Ship and Boat Building 5,310 3.96 $23.56 $49,010
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 530 1.57 $23.08 $48,020


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 8,680 0.73 1.34 $19.11 $39,760
California 5,940 0.36 0.65 $19.18 $39,900
Wisconsin 4,880 1.73 3.17 $20.71 $43,080
Pennsylvania 4,640 0.80 1.47 $19.88 $41,350
Florida 3,460 0.41 0.76 $18.31 $38,090




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)
Wisconsin 4,880 1.73 3.17 $20.71 $43,080
Alabama 2,880 1.50 2.75 $17.63 $36,670
Kansas 1,910 1.40 2.57 $21.86 $45,470
Mississippi 1,330 1.19 2.19 $16.21 $33,710
Maine 710 1.19 2.18 $24.71 $51,400




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 60 0.17 0.32 $27.13 $56,430
Maine 710 1.19 2.18 $24.71 $51,400
New York 2,050 0.22 0.41 $23.05 $47,940
Minnesota 870 0.31 0.56 $22.71 $47,230
New Jersey 720 0.18 0.33 $22.68 $47,180



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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 3,200 1.09 2.01 $21.23 $44,170
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,330 1.15 2.11 $23.02 $47,880
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.20 0.36 $23.55 $48,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,270 0.29 0.52 $18.29 $38,050
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.49 0.89 $17.92 $37,270
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,030 0.72 1.32 $17.11 $35,590
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,020 0.71 1.31 $20.69 $43,040
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 990 1.17 2.16 $21.60 $44,920
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 950 0.58 1.06 $21.77 $45,280
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 910 0.46 0.85 $16.29 $33,870


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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 230 3.26 5.98 $21.10 $43,880
Saginaw, MI 270 3.19 5.87 $17.86 $37,140
Green Bay, WI 460 2.64 4.84 $21.46 $44,640
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 120 2.62 4.82 $24.54 $51,040
Lebanon, PA 130 2.60 4.77 $19.44 $40,430
Dothan, AL 140 2.50 4.59 $15.12 $31,460
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 210 2.45 4.50 $21.03 $43,740
Lynchburg, VA 230 2.39 4.39 $18.61 $38,720
Fond du Lac, WI 110 2.39 4.40 $18.32 $38,110
Winchester, VA-WV 130 2.28 4.18 $16.52 $34,360


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wichita, KS 660 2.22 4.08 $28.81 $59,920
Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA NECTA Division 70 1.19 2.18 $28.45 $59,170
Midland, TX 70 0.74 1.36 $26.68 $55,500
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 360 0.27 0.50 $25.29 $52,610
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 50 0.66 1.21 $25.12 $52,250
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 180 0.17 0.31 $25.11 $52,230
Battle Creek, MI 80 1.37 2.51 $25.09 $52,190
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 530 1.32 2.42 $24.80 $51,580
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 120 2.62 4.82 $24.54 $51,040
Leominster-Gardner, MA 40 0.70 1.29 $24.37 $50,700

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 970 4.83 8.87 $19.82 $41,220
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 580 3.04 5.59 (8) (8)
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 410 2.17 3.99 $18.27 $37,990
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 390 1.56 2.86 $16.35 $34,010
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 380 1.83 3.36 $18.02 $37,480

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 970 4.83 8.87 $19.82 $41,220
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 240 3.67 6.74 $13.47 $28,020
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 580 3.04 5.59 (8) (8)
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 370 2.60 4.79 $17.57 $36,550
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 260 2.46 4.52 $19.73 $41,030

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 220 1.14 2.10 $24.42 $50,800
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 0.47 $23.47 $48,810
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.81 1.48 $21.87 $45,480
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.37 $21.13 $43,950
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 0.83 $21.02 $43,720


About May 2017 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018