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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Sheet Metal Workers
Industry profile for Sheet Metal Workers
Geographic profile for Sheet Metal Workers

National estimates for Sheet Metal Workers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Sheet Metal Workers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
122,630 2.2 % $ 28.25 $ 58,760 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Sheet Metal Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 16.56 $ 18.85 $ 25.69 $ 36.02 $ 45.68
Annual Wage (2) $ 34,450 $ 39,200 $ 53,440 $ 74,920 $ 95,010


Industry profile for Sheet Metal Workers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Sheet Metal Workers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Sheet Metal Workers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Sheet Metal Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 57,720 2.57 $ 30.53 $ 63,500
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 19,280 4.15 $ 26.29 $ 54,690
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 14,880 1.59 $ 24.87 $ 51,730
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 6,420 0.30 $ 29.55 $ 61,460
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,410 0.44 $ 23.88 $ 49,670

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Sheet Metal Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 19,280 4.15 $ 26.29 $ 54,690
Building Equipment Contractors 57,720 2.57 $ 30.53 $ 63,500
Ship and Boat Building 2,840 1.97 $ 27.46 $ 57,110
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 14,880 1.59 $ 24.87 $ 51,730
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 1,450 0.93 $ 26.86 $ 55,860

Top paying industries for Sheet Metal Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation (8) (8) $ 46.38 $ 96,470
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 310 0.01 $ 44.91 $ 93,420
Utility System Construction (8) (8) $ 44.91 $ 93,410
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 40 (7) $ 40.59 $ 84,420
Foundries 160 0.16 $ 37.27 $ 77,520


Geographic profile for Sheet Metal Workers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Sheet Metal Workers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Sheet Metal Workers, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of sheet metal workers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Sheet Metal Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 12,530 0.76 0.87 $ 34.14 $ 71,000
Texas 10,800 0.88 1.01 $ 23.92 $ 49,750
Florida 7,020 0.82 0.94 $ 21.68 $ 45,090
New York 6,310 0.73 0.84 $ 33.06 $ 68,770
Illinois 5,300 0.94 1.08 $ 31.65 $ 65,820


Map of location quotient of sheet metal workers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Sheet Metal Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma 3,140 2.02 2.32 $ 25.78 $ 53,630
Oregon 3,350 1.84 2.11 $ 31.34 $ 65,180
Indiana 4,640 1.56 1.79 $ 27.65 $ 57,500
Iowa 1,890 1.27 1.46 $ 27.35 $ 56,880
Georgia 5,240 1.20 1.38 $ 23.41 $ 48,680


Map of annual mean wages of sheet metal workers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Sheet Metal Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 310 1.03 1.19 $ 42.42 $ 88,240
Washington 3,100 0.97 1.11 $ 40.85 $ 84,960
New Jersey 2,760 0.72 0.82 $ 40.08 $ 83,360
Hawaii 470 0.86 0.99 $ 37.41 $ 77,800
District of Columbia 230 0.34 0.40 $ 35.68 $ 74,210



Map of employment of sheet metal workers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Sheet Metal Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 6,220 0.72 0.82 $ 37.39 $ 77,760
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 4,090 0.97 1.11 $ 32.19 $ 66,960
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,700 1.03 1.18 $ 24.39 $ 50,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,150 0.55 0.63 $ 33.63 $ 69,950
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,750 1.06 1.22 $ 22.78 $ 47,370
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,680 0.92 1.06 $ 24.37 $ 50,680
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,490 3.51 4.03 $ 26.90 $ 55,950
Oklahoma City, OK 2,420 3.99 4.59 $ 26.30 $ 54,700
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,330 0.90 1.03 $ 34.29 $ 71,330
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 2,320 2.07 2.37 $ 34.06 $ 70,850


Map of location quotient of sheet metal workers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Sheet Metal Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 1,210 9.06 10.41 $ 28.80 $ 59,900
New Bern, NC 220 5.06 5.81 $ 29.31 $ 60,950
Oklahoma City, OK 2,420 3.99 4.59 $ 26.30 $ 54,700
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,490 3.51 4.03 $ 26.90 $ 55,950
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 460 3.17 3.64 $ 25.83 $ 53,720
St. Cloud, MN 310 3.13 3.60 $ 30.43 $ 63,300
Elmira, NY 100 3.04 3.49 $ 28.34 $ 58,950
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 810 3.00 3.44 $ 25.61 $ 53,260
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 250 2.92 3.36 $ 31.92 $ 66,390
Fairbanks, AK 80 2.37 2.72 $ 48.63 $ 101,150