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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
131,300 2.1 % $26.19 $54,480 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.07 $17.80 $24.23 $32.10 $42.34
Annual Wage (2) $29,260 $37,020 $50,400 $66,770 $88,070


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 60,450 2.71 $28.55 $59,380
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 19,680 4.01 $22.48 $46,770
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 18,420 1.97 $23.77 $49,450
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,660 0.33 $27.65 $57,510
Employment Services 3,910 0.11 $21.42 $44,550

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 19,680 4.01 $22.48 $46,770
Building Equipment Contractors 60,450 2.71 $28.55 $59,380
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 18,420 1.97 $23.77 $49,450
Ship and Boat Building 2,070 1.47 $25.91 $53,890
Rail Transportation 1,570 0.67 $30.95 $64,380

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 350 0.01 $41.36 $86,030
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 30 0.01 $40.88 $85,020
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 40 (7) $40.45 $84,140
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 70 0.02 $36.91 $76,780
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 210 0.01 $35.05 $72,900


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 12,410 0.71 0.80 $29.46 $61,270
Texas 10,130 0.82 0.91 $21.11 $43,910
Florida 8,240 0.94 1.05 $19.97 $41,540
New York 6,720 0.71 0.79 $35.02 $72,850
Illinois 5,400 0.90 1.00 $33.31 $69,280




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 3,410 2.11 2.36 $24.33 $50,600
Oregon 3,090 1.62 1.81 $28.45 $59,180
Missouri 4,310 1.53 1.71 $29.75 $61,880
Utah 2,080 1.38 1.55 $26.54 $55,200
Indiana 4,070 1.32 1.48 $26.72 $55,580




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 780 1.23 1.37 $38.38 $79,830
New York 6,720 0.71 0.79 $35.02 $72,850
West Virginia 760 1.09 1.21 $33.52 $69,710
Illinois 5,400 0.90 1.00 $33.31 $69,280
Washington 4,270 1.29 1.44 $32.43 $67,450





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 6,530 0.68 0.76 $35.47 $73,780
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 4,140 0.89 0.99 $34.61 $71,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,810 0.61 0.68 $26.13 $54,350
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,340 0.91 1.02 $20.95 $43,580
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,680 1.32 1.48 $34.52 $71,800
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,590 1.89 2.11 $31.81 $66,170
Oklahoma City, OK 2,520 4.02 4.50 $25.95 $53,970
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,500 1.18 1.32 $21.54 $44,800
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,440 0.87 0.98 $29.97 $62,340
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,390 0.78 0.88 $21.74 $45,220




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)
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 280 7.35 8.22 $32.42 $67,430
New Bern, NC 270 6.17 6.90 $25.57 $53,180
Yuba City, CA 250 5.50 6.15 $28.63 $59,540
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 420 4.64 5.20 $27.62 $57,450
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 610 4.44 4.97 $20.75 $43,160
St. Joseph, MO-KS 230 4.34 4.86 $26.35 $54,800
Oklahoma City, OK 2,520 4.02 4.50 $25.95 $53,970
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 990 3.77 4.22 $26.17 $54,440
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 450 2.99 3.34 $25.70 $53,450
Lynchburg, VA 290 2.82 3.16 $16.94 $35,240