Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
79,540 2.1 % $17.26 $35,900 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.23 $13.51 $16.60 $20.19 $24.49
Annual Wage (2) $23,360 $28,090 $34,530 $42,000 $50,930


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)
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 26,640 8.20 $17.16 $35,690
Ship and Boat Building 4,660 3.71 $18.56 $38,610
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 4,440 1.82 $16.80 $34,950
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 3,610 0.51 $17.66 $36,720
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 3,110 1.17 $17.00 $35,350

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 26,640 8.20 $17.16 $35,690
Ship and Boat Building 4,660 3.71 $18.56 $38,610
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 2,800 3.30 $17.22 $35,820
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 1,990 1.89 $16.19 $33,670
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 610 1.87 $19.87 $41,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing (8) (8) $22.18 $46,140
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,640 0.55 $20.28 $42,170
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 610 1.87 $19.87 $41,330
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $19.43 $40,420
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 80 0.43 $18.67 $38,830


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 10,640 1.06 1.69 $15.80 $32,870
California 6,990 0.50 0.80 $18.15 $37,740
Pennsylvania 4,460 0.81 1.30 $18.73 $38,960
Ohio 3,290 0.67 1.07 $17.19 $35,760
Florida 3,150 0.44 0.71 $16.28 $33,860




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)
Kansas 1,920 1.47 2.36 $18.68 $38,860
Alabama 2,300 1.27 2.03 $15.55 $32,350
Mississippi 1,330 1.24 1.99 $14.91 $31,020
Rhode Island 560 1.24 1.98 $20.03 $41,670
Louisiana 2,270 1.24 1.98 $19.76 $41,100




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,840 0.68 1.09 $20.26 $42,150
Delaware 200 0.51 0.82 $20.21 $42,030
Rhode Island 560 1.24 1.98 $20.03 $41,670
Louisiana 2,270 1.24 1.98 $19.76 $41,100
Hawaii 190 0.33 0.52 $19.57 $40,700

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-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,530 1.41 2.26 $16.37 $34,060
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,880 0.94 1.50 $14.67 $30,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,780 0.47 0.75 $17.63 $36,660
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,130 0.92 1.46 $16.78 $34,900
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,120 0.51 0.81 $16.65 $34,640
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,050 0.58 0.93 $21.66 $45,060
Pittsburgh, PA 980 0.90 1.44 $16.91 $35,170
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 980 0.58 0.93 $16.09 $33,470
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 940 1.13 1.81 $17.66 $36,730
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 940 0.27 0.42 $18.43 $38,340




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)
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 490 5.40 8.63 $20.66 $42,960
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 480 4.80 7.68 $16.56 $34,450
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 630 4.04 6.46 $18.58 $38,640
Mobile, AL 600 3.55 5.68 $15.92 $33,110
Casper, WY 120 3.32 5.30 $20.67 $43,000
Williamsport, PA 140 2.87 4.59 $13.73 $28,570
Pascagoula, MS 150 2.77 4.42 $19.04 $39,610
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 240 2.41 3.86 $15.24 $31,690
Longview, TX 220 2.36 3.78 $14.96 $31,110
York-Hanover, PA 380 2.22 3.55 $20.65 $42,950




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)
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 510 0.42 0.67 $24.07 $50,070
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 390 0.41 0.65 $23.51 $48,900
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA (8) (8) (8) $23.30 $48,460
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 90 0.74 1.18 $22.78 $47,380
Waterbury, CT (8) (8) (8) $22.55 $46,890
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 340 0.62 0.98 $22.27 $46,330
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 230 0.71 1.14 $22.12 $46,020
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 860 0.64 1.02 $21.96 $45,670
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,050 0.58 0.93 $21.66 $45,060
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $21.53 $44,780

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 540 2.86 4.57 $19.26 $40,070
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 480 1.28 2.05 $16.46 $34,240
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 460 1.68 2.69 $15.24 $31,700
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 390 1.89 3.02 $13.07 $27,180
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 330 2.46 3.94 $19.11 $39,760

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)
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 220 3.59 5.73 $12.75 $26,520
Garrett County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 40 3.47 5.54 $14.03 $29,170
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 540 2.86 4.57 $19.26 $40,070
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 200 2.83 4.52 $16.94 $35,240
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 330 2.46 3.94 $19.11 $39,760

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)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 1.24 1.97 $22.85 $47,540
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.34 $42,310
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.56 0.90 $19.90 $41,380
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 1.03 1.64 $19.82 $41,220
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 540 2.86 4.57 $19.26 $40,070


About May 2010 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 mean 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.

(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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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