Skip to main content

Occupational Employment Statistics


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).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 30029$25.99/hr$19.68/hr$22.22/hr$25.63/hr$29.46/hr$32.19/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities30$28.92/hr
Professional and Business Services30$30.31/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 30$22.66/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 30$23.80/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 50$23.08/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 50$23.11/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 60$22.59/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 70$22.41/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 70$21.88/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 80$22.73/hr-11.1%
Southwest Balance of State 100$18.94/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 110$22.20/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 110$22.20/hr-10.7%
Southeast Minnesota 120$22.11/hr-11.1%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 130$23.02/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 130$26.70/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 140$20.21/hr-13.9%
Central Minnesota 300$25.63/hr-11.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 600$23.55/hr-10.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 770$23.74/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,370$23.32/hr-11.9%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -
Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles 210$43.37/hrN/A
Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic N/AN/A7.4%
Insulation Workers, Mechanical 710$45.83/hrN/A

  • Set up and operate fabricating machines, such as brakes, rolls, shears, flame cutters, grinders, and drill presses, to bend, cut, form, punch, drill, or otherwise form and assemble metal components.
  • Direct welders to build up low spots or short pieces with weld.
  • Study engineering drawings and blueprints to determine materials requirements and task sequences.
  • Verify conformance of workpieces to specifications, using squares, rulers, and measuring tapes.
  • Set up face blocks, jigs, and fixtures.
  • Move parts into position, manually or with hoists or cranes.
  • Lay out and examine metal stock or workpieces to be processed to ensure that specifications are met.
  • Smooth workpiece edges and fix taps, tubes, and valves.
  • Remove high spots and cut bevels, using hand files, portable grinders, and cutting torches.
  • Tack-weld fitted parts together.