Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
132,530 2.0 % $23.42 $48,700 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.30 $15.81 $21.67 $29.03 $38.19
Annual Wage (2) $25,590 $32,880 $45,070 $60,390 $79,430


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 61,610 3.41 $25.40 $52,830
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 19,480 5.47 $20.75 $43,160
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 15,510 2.06 $21.44 $44,600
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,350 0.32 $26.26 $54,620
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,160 0.46 $22.78 $47,370

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 19,480 5.47 $20.75 $43,160
Building Equipment Contractors 61,610 3.41 $25.40 $52,830
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 15,510 2.06 $21.44 $44,600
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing 2,470 1.94 $19.47 $40,490
Ship and Boat Building 1,840 1.37 $22.65 $47,110

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 110 (7) $35.00 $72,800
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $34.18 $71,090
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 50 (7) $31.62 $65,770
Local Government (OES Designation) 430 0.01 $28.26 $58,790
Rail Transportation 1,200 0.54 $27.84 $57,910


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 13,300 0.88 0.90 $27.89 $58,010
Texas 11,530 1.03 1.05 $18.37 $38,210
Florida 6,910 0.90 0.92 $17.03 $35,410
New York 6,800 0.77 0.79 $31.83 $66,200
Pennsylvania 4,600 0.81 0.83 $25.61 $53,260



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 3,730 2.36 2.41 $21.99 $45,740
Kansas 2,430 1.79 1.82 $22.79 $47,400
Utah 2,270 1.77 1.80 $21.09 $43,870
Mississippi 1,900 1.73 1.77 $17.44 $36,260
Oregon 2,750 1.64 1.67 $26.45 $55,020



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 6,800 0.77 0.79 $31.83 $66,200
Minnesota 2,480 0.91 0.93 $31.54 $65,600
Illinois 3,330 0.58 0.59 $31.36 $65,230
Hawaii 980 1.59 1.62 $30.34 $63,120
Alaska 270 0.85 0.86 $29.25 $60,840




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 3,170 1.12 1.14 $17.70 $36,820
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,020 0.56 0.57 $34.73 $72,240
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,570 1.15 1.17 $18.60 $38,700
Oklahoma City, OK 2,390 3.96 4.04 $24.18 $50,300
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 2,300 2.18 2.22 $26.80 $55,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,180 0.54 0.55 $29.57 $61,510
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,090 1.40 1.43 $27.60 $57,400
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,090 0.56 0.57 $33.26 $69,170
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,880 1.44 1.47 $29.47 $61,300
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,830 1.23 1.26 $24.26 $50,460



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)
Jonesboro, AR 240 4.60 4.70 $15.57 $32,380
Oklahoma City, OK 2,390 3.96 4.04 $24.18 $50,300
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 320 3.47 3.54 $30.39 $63,210
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 700 3.35 3.42 $23.69 $49,280
Corpus Christi, TX 620 3.32 3.39 $24.35 $50,650
Jefferson City, MO 230 3.24 3.30 $31.33 $65,170
Longview, WA 110 3.23 3.29 $30.32 $63,060
Greeley, CO 300 3.22 3.29 $15.76 $32,780
Appleton, WI 350 2.99 3.05 $24.77 $51,530
Battle Creek, MI 160 2.96 3.02 $23.69 $49,270