Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators
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Overview
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Laminate layers of fiberglass on molds to form boat decks and hulls, bodies for golf carts, automobiles, or other products.
Titles for this career often contain these words
BoatOperatorCompositeTechnicianLaminatorMakerBuilderFabricatorWindingLaminationAssemblerCoaterFiberFinisherMolderRollerSkiGolfCartCarpenterChopperGunBondMechanicPlacementContainerGrinderLuggageMachineFiberglasserFoamTankGelHullLineCrewMemberPre
Education
Only 6% of specialized assemblers and fabricators have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by specialized assemblers and fabricators
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer specialized assemblers and fabricators have bachelor's degrees than 82% of other careeers.
Employment
Workforce size
Fiberglass laminators and fabricators, with 21,800 workers, form a smaller workforce than 72% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for fiberglass laminators and fabricators are expected to grow by 1%, and should have about 2,600 job openings a year.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for fiberglass laminators and fabricators compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most fiberglass laminators and fabricators earn.
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Gender
Women account for 36% of specialized assemblers and fabricators -- that's a smaller percentage than 51% of other jobs.
Gender of specialized assemblers and fabricators
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For specialized assemblers and fabricators, the median men's salary was 22% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 30% of specialized assemblers and fabricators are minority, and 22% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of specialized assemblers and fabricators
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (22%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Benefits
How do benefits for this career compare to other jobs?
Context: Employer offers health insurance
Context: Employer offers a pension plan
Context: workers are union members
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of fiberglass laminators and fabricators who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Contaminants (87%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (76%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (74%)
  • Time Pressure (66%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (53%)
  • Consequence of Error (44%)
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings (38%)
SOURCES:
Salary and diversity
What do specialized assemblers and fabricators earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries at the specialty level (fiberglass laminators and fabricators). This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for fiberglass laminators and fabricators (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers. This view of salaries is only available for all specialized assemblers and fabricators.
Distribution: Salaries for specialized assemblers and fabricators (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Specialized Assemblers and Fabricators: Inflation-adjusted salary trend
This job's median $32KAll jobs' median $45K$32K$44K070809101112131415161718$0$20K$40K$60K$80K
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire fiberglass laminators and fabricators.
Employers of Specialized Assemblers and Fabricators (ACS)
Private for-profit (96.1%)
Private not-for-profit (1.5%)
Local government (0.3%)
State government (0.2%)
Federal government (0.4%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.5%)
Self-employed not incorporated (1.0%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of specialized assemblers and fabricators by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of specialized assemblers and fabricators, which combines the 4 specialties for this career.
$31K$31K$26K$43K$33K$31K$27K$32K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of fiberglass laminators and fabricators by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty fiberglass laminators and fabricators, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for specialized assemblers and fabricators

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
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Number employed
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Specialized assemblers and fabricators and gender

With 36% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 51% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Specialized assemblers and fabricators
Men (64%)
Women (36%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

The median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%, and the difference for specialized assemblers and fabricators tops that, with the median salary for men 22% higher than the median salary for women.

$27K$33K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary for all but about 20 jobs in which women typically earn more than men. Specialized assemblers and fabricators have one of the more significant inequity issues, with the increase in men's median salary over women's median salary even higher than that for 65% of other jobs.

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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of specialized assemblers and fabricators

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. There is a higher percentage of minority specialized assemblers and fabricators than for 86% of other careers. This career hires a larger percentage of foreign-born workers than most other careers.

Race/origin of specialized assemblers and fabricators
White (63% )
Black (19% )
Asian (8% )
Other (7% )
Multiracial (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for specialized assemblers and fabricators by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for specialized assemblers and fabricators by nativity
$27K$32K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Specialized assemblers and fabricators and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 8% part-time workers, this occupation has a lower percentage of part-time workers than 64% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time specialized assemblers and fabricators is shown following.

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Pathways to this career
Education attained by fiberglass laminators and fabricators

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), fiberglass laminators and fabricators typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as specialized assemblers and fabricators as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Details: Education and training recommended for fiberglass laminators and fabricators

Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent for assembler and fabricator positions.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for fiberglass laminators and fabricators

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) offers certificates and training programs in fabrication, coil processing, and other related topics. Although not required, becoming certified can demonstrate competence and professionalism. It also may help a candidate advance in the profession.

In addition, many employers that hire electrical and electronic assembly workers, especially those employers in the aerospace and defense industries, require certifications in soldering. The Association Connecting Electronics Industries, also known as IPC, offers a number of certification programs related to electronic assembly and soldering.

Education attained by specialized assemblers and fabricators
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for specialized assemblers and fabricators? Below we see the distribution of specialized assemblers and fabricators salaries based on the education attained.

$26K$31K$33K$36K$34K$32K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KNone (16%)High School (48%)Some College (24%)Associate's/Cert. (7%)Bachelor's Degree (5%)Master's Degree (1%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Switching Careers
The most common next careers for specialized assemblers and fabricators

What jobs will most specialized assemblers and fabricators hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of specialized assemblers and fabricators reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Specialized Assemblers and FabricatorsSpecialized production workers, including computer-controlled tooloperatorsLaborers and Freight, Stock, and By-Hand Material MoversElectrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblersInspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and WeighersntsAcsOcc_8220First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating WorkersMachinistsBy-Hand Packers and Packagers
Lateral job transitions for specialized assemblers and fabricators

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 8 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as specialized assemblers and fabricators as well as 1% of respondents after working as specialized assemblers and fabricators. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Prior and next careers for specialized assemblers and fabricators: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as specialized assemblers and fabricators? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of specialized assemblers and fabricators surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most fiberglass laminators and fabricators? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as fiberglass laminators and fabricators. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all specialized assemblers and fabricators, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where fiberglass laminators and fabricators earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for specialized assemblers and fabricators compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for specialized assemblers and fabricators.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all specialized assemblers and fabricators, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Location-adjusted median salary for Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which fiberglass laminators and fabricators earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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