Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
135,570 2.2 % $23.95 $49,810 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.39 $16.02 $21.99 $29.55 $40.01
Annual Wage (2) $25,760 $33,310 $45,750 $61,460 $83,230


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 64,360 3.40 $26.15 $54,400
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 18,710 5.08 $20.84 $43,350
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 16,700 2.09 $22.18 $46,130
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,340 0.32 $26.37 $54,840
Employment Services 3,420 0.10 $19.33 $40,220

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 18,710 5.08 $20.84 $43,350
Building Equipment Contractors 64,360 3.40 $26.15 $54,400
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 16,700 2.09 $22.18 $46,130
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing 2,410 1.86 $18.72 $38,940
Ship and Boat Building 1,870 1.35 $23.29 $48,440

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $37.37 $77,720
State Government (OES Designation) 90 (7) $33.58 $69,850
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 80 (7) $32.68 $67,980
Local Government (OES Designation) 470 0.01 $31.99 $66,540
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $30.80 $64,060


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)
California 12,880 0.83 0.85 $28.51 $59,290
Texas 11,740 1.01 1.03 $18.48 $38,440
New York 8,300 0.92 0.94 $33.61 $69,910
Florida 7,310 0.92 0.94 $17.27 $35,930
Georgia 4,970 1.21 1.23 $20.56 $42,760



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)
Oklahoma 3,720 2.33 2.37 $21.93 $45,610
Kansas 2,330 1.70 1.73 $23.28 $48,420
Alaska 530 1.63 1.66 $34.58 $71,930
Mississippi 1,790 1.62 1.65 $17.71 $36,840
Oregon 2,800 1.61 1.64 $24.54 $51,040



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 530 1.63 1.66 $34.58 $71,930
Illinois 3,490 0.60 0.61 $34.28 $71,310
New York 8,300 0.92 0.94 $33.61 $69,910
Hawaii 940 1.52 1.55 $31.46 $65,440
Minnesota 2,340 0.85 0.86 $29.87 $62,120




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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,870 0.75 0.76 $35.92 $74,710
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,380 1.15 1.17 $20.17 $41,950
Oklahoma City, OK 2,310 3.79 3.85 $24.06 $50,040
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 2,280 2.10 2.13 $24.93 $51,850
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,280 0.98 0.99 $16.50 $34,330
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,270 1.68 1.71 $25.95 $53,980
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,200 1.43 1.46 $29.31 $60,970
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,180 0.88 0.90 $19.48 $40,520
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,150 0.60 0.61 $37.14 $77,250
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 2,090 1.64 1.67 $36.46 $75,850