Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

47-2211 Sheet Metal Workers

Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Work may involve any of the following: setting up and operating fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal; shaping metal over anvils, blocks, or forms using hammer; operating soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts; inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. Include sheet metal duct installers who install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
146,690 2.0 % $21.58 $44,890 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.78 $14.64 $19.54 $27.19 $35.46
Annual Wage (2) $24,490 $30,450 $40,640 $56,550 $73,750


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Building Equipment Contractors 73,150 $22.76 $47,340
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 15,900 $20.00 $41,600
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 15,800 $19.32 $40,180
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,240 $24.93 $51,860
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing 4,810 $17.06 $35,480

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 50 $36.24 $75,370
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services (8) $31.43 $65,370
Local Government (OES Designation) (8) $29.55 $61,460
Elementary and Secondary Schools 130 $28.43 $59,140
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 690 $26.62 $55,370


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Kansas 3,830 $20.39 $42,420 2.837
Oklahoma 3,320 $19.35 $40,250 2.177
Maine 1,020 $17.87 $37,170 1.724
North Carolina 6,680 $15.55 $32,340 1.715
North Dakota 600 $18.75 $39,000 1.707

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Nevada 1,640 $30.84 $64,140 1.389
Alaska (8) $28.94 $60,200 (8)
Illinois 6,710 $28.69 $59,670 1.177
New York 5,110 $28.46 $59,190 0.602
New Jersey 3,900 $27.91 $58,050 1.013


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Warner Robins, GA 1,220 $23.09 $48,020 21.641
Wichita, KS 1,420 $18.71 $38,920 4.793
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 720 $22.18 $46,130 3.717
St. Cloud, MN 350 $23.71 $49,310 3.635
Oklahoma City, OK 2,040 $22.11 $46,000 3.610

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 640 $37.46 $77,920 0.649
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division (8) $35.72 $74,290 (8)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 1,230 $34.86 $72,510 1.432
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 60 $34.72 $72,210 0.314
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 150 $34.59 $71,950 1.079


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

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Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010