Structural metal fabricators & fitters

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
26k
Average Age
43.2
Estimated Job Growth
−15.9%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$48,763
Average Male Salary
$48,980
Average Female Salary
$43,486

About

Structural metal fabricators & fitters are most often employed by the Iron & steel mills & steel product manufacturing industry. The average yearly wage for Structural metal fabricators & fitters was $48,763 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Structural metal fabricators & fitters by wage are Maintenance & repair workers, general, Security & fire alarm systems installers, and Rehabilitation counselors.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Structural metal fabricators & fitters are LaPorte County PUMA, IN, Lake County (Central) PUMA, IN, and St. Clair & Blount Counties PUMA, AL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Structural metal fabricators & fitters are LaPorte County PUMA, IN, Lake County (Central) PUMA, IN, and St. Clair & Blount Counties PUMA, AL.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Structural metal fabricators & fitters and on wages and locations for those in the field. Iron & steel mills & steel product manufacturing is the industry that employs the most Structural metal fabricators & fitters, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Structural metal fabricators & fitters, by average wage, is Metalworking machinery manufacturing. Structural metal fabricators & fitters are paid most in Newport News City PUMA, VA but are relatively concentrated in LaPorte County PUMA, IN.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$48,763
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,385

In 2020, Structural metal fabricators & fitters earned an average of $48,763, $7,191 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Security & fire alarm systems installers make somewhat more than Structural metal fabricators & fitters while Maintenance & repair workers, general make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Structural metal fabricators & fitters as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.313
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Structural metal fabricators & fitters had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.313, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Structural metal fabricators & fitters (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Structural metal fabricators & fitters.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Structural metal fabricators & fitters

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Structural metal fabricators & fitters.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Structural metal fabricators & fitters, by average wage, are Metalworking machinery manufacturing, Iron & steel mills & steel product manufacturing, and Agricultural implement manufacturing.

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Industries by Share

26k
2020 Workforce
± 3,955
−0.567%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 21.6%

The number of people employed as Structural metal fabricators & fitters has been declining at a rate of −0.567%, from 26,108 people in 2019 to 25,960 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Structural metal fabricators & fitters employed by various industries. Iron & steel mills & steel product manufacturing employs the largest share of Structural metal fabricators & fitters at  28.1%, followed by Miscellaneous fabricated metal products manufacturing with 23.5% and Structural metals, & boiler, tank, & shipping container manufacturing  with 13.1%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Structural metal fabricators & fitters in the US. The average age of male Structural metal fabricators & fitters in the workforce is 43.2 and of female Structural metal fabricators & fitters is 43, and the most common race/ethnicity for Structural metal fabricators & fitters is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

24.9k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,876
1.03k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 787

96% of Structural metal fabricators & fitters are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Structural metal fabricators & fitters.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Structural metal fabricators & fitters
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

75.1% of Structural metal fabricators & fitters are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.47% of Structural metal fabricators & fitters, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Structural metal fabricators & fitters.

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Age by Sex

43.2
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.09
43
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 9.63

The median age of Structural metal fabricators & fitters is 43.2, and Male employees are generally 0.282 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Structural metal fabricators & fitters from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Structural metal fabricators & fitters is Business but a relatively high number of Structural metal fabricators & fitters hold a major in Engineering Technologies.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Structural metal fabricators & fitters from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Structural metal fabricators & fitters need many skills, but most especially Active Listening, Speaking, and Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Structural metal fabricators & fitters need more than the average amount of Equipment Selection, Operation and Control, and Troubleshooting.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters are expected to see a growth of −15.9% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters.
−15.9%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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