Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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; or inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. Includes 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
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)
130,670 2.0 % $22.37 $46,530 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.30 $15.50 $20.55 $27.63 $35.75
Annual Wage (2) $25,580 $32,250 $42,730 $57,470 $74,350


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)
Building Equipment Contractors 58,740 3.59 $23.93 $49,780
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 16,360 5.03 $19.80 $41,190
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 15,310 2.26 $20.59 $42,820
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,930 0.34 $25.68 $53,410
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,390 0.52 $21.58 $44,890

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 16,360 5.03 $19.80 $41,190
Building Equipment Contractors 58,740 3.59 $23.93 $49,780
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 15,310 2.26 $20.59 $42,820
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 2,330 2.02 $19.63 $40,830
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing 2,040 1.60 $20.95 $43,570

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 50 (7) $34.84 $72,460
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 50 0.03 $32.46 $67,520
Local Government (OES Designation) 300 0.01 $30.55 $63,550
Elementary and Secondary Schools 90 (7) $26.93 $56,020
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 370 0.01 $26.79 $55,730


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 11,650 1.13 1.11 $17.38 $36,150
California 11,300 0.81 0.79 $27.65 $57,510
Florida 6,200 0.87 0.85 $17.35 $36,090
Georgia 5,780 1.53 1.50 $19.77 $41,120
New York 5,740 0.68 0.67 $27.37 $56,920




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 3,190 2.44 2.39 $19.76 $41,110
North Dakota 850 2.28 2.24 $18.65 $38,780
Oklahoma 3,190 2.13 2.09 $21.66 $45,050
Maine 950 1.64 1.61 $18.92 $39,360
Oregon 2,570 1.62 1.59 $23.64 $49,170




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 1,050 0.94 0.93 $29.53 $61,430
Hawaii 540 0.93 0.92 $29.19 $60,700
New Jersey 2,140 0.57 0.56 $28.30 $58,860
Illinois 4,940 0.89 0.87 $28.19 $58,630
Alaska 410 1.31 1.29 $28.10 $58,450





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 3,580 1.40 1.38 $17.39 $36,180
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,930 0.82 0.80 $30.30 $63,020
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,920 0.58 0.57 $30.59 $63,620
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,900 1.26 1.23 $24.45 $50,850
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 2,380 1.40 1.37 $20.51 $42,660
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,320 1.14 1.11 $16.19 $33,670
Oklahoma City, OK 2,220 3.92 3.85 $23.38 $48,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,150 0.56 0.55 $24.81 $51,600
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,030 0.91 0.89 $18.31 $38,080
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,990 2.03 1.99 $24.31 $50,560




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)
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 800 4.18 4.11 $24.39 $50,740
Oklahoma City, OK 2,220 3.92 3.85 $23.38 $48,630
Corpus Christi, TX 650 3.70 3.63 $24.97 $51,930
Fargo, ND-MN 410 3.43 3.36 $16.74 $34,810
Longview, TX 290 3.11 3.05 $14.66 $30,500
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 150 2.97 2.91 (8) (8)
Bangor, ME 180 2.85 2.80 $16.80 $34,950
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 250 2.84 2.79 $27.98 $58,190
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 220 2.81 2.76 $30.97 $64,410
Grand Forks, ND-MN 130 2.67 2.62 $20.08 $41,760