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
Southeast Minnesota 204$17.95/hr$13.69/hr$15.73/hr$17.69/hr$19.87/hr$23.57/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities130$19.08/hr
Professional and Business Services100$18.18/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/A$20.55/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota 20$23.53/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 20$17.69/hr-3.2%
Southeast Balance of State 20$16.07/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 30$24.81/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 50$20.63/hr-6.8%
St Cloud MN MSA 50$18.71/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 70$22.39/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 70$22.08/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 130$17.93/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 140$17.57/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 170$20.19/hr3.5%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 180$20.73/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 360$21.85/hr-20.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 530$21.33/hrN/A
Minnesota 740$20.13/hr-13.7%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles N/A$20.87/hr6.9%
Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic N/A$21.44/hr2.9%
Insulation Workers, Mechanical 740$42.66/hr9.2%

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Design and construct templates and fixtures, using hand tools.