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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
131,570 2.1 % $25.34 $52,710 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.36 $17.02 $23.30 $31.23 $41.49
Annual Wage (2) $27,780 $35,390 $48,460 $64,970 $86,290


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 60,660 2.84 $27.46 $57,120
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 20,670 4.35 $21.56 $44,850
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 16,020 1.75 $23.23 $48,330
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,570 0.33 $27.67 $57,560
Nonresidential Building Construction 4,020 0.50 $24.84 $51,680

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) 20,670 4.35 $21.56 $44,850
Building Equipment Contractors 60,660 2.84 $27.46 $57,120
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 16,020 1.75 $23.23 $48,330
Ship and Boat Building 1,820 1.34 $25.46 $52,960
Rail Transportation 1,540 0.66 $30.68 $63,820

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 40 0.01 $47.81 $99,440
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 340 0.01 $39.42 $82,000
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 40 (7) $38.77 $80,630
Scientific Research and Development Services 150 0.02 $33.04 $68,730
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 100 (7) $32.00 $66,550


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 11,720 0.69 0.76 $27.07 $56,310
Texas 10,060 0.83 0.91 $19.65 $40,860
Florida 8,370 0.97 1.07 $19.28 $40,100
New York 7,350 0.78 0.86 $33.69 $70,070
Illinois 4,990 0.83 0.92 $33.55 $69,780




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 3,380 2.12 2.33 $23.99 $49,900
Indiana 4,480 1.47 1.62 $26.58 $55,290
Oregon 2,660 1.41 1.55 $27.62 $57,450
Mississippi 1,550 1.38 1.51 $19.32 $40,180
Maryland 3,680 1.37 1.51 $27.06 $56,280




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 770 1.19 1.31 $36.97 $76,900
New York 7,350 0.78 0.86 $33.69 $70,070
Illinois 4,990 0.83 0.92 $33.55 $69,780
Minnesota 2,550 0.89 0.98 $33.11 $68,870
Washington 3,850 1.18 1.30 $31.42 $65,360





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 6,640 0.70 0.77 $34.32 $71,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,370 0.71 0.79 $25.18 $52,370
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,810 0.82 0.90 $35.77 $74,400
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,480 0.97 1.07 $17.87 $37,170
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,090 1.12 1.23 $31.54 $65,600
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,660 0.89 0.98 $20.22 $42,050
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,430 1.18 1.30 $20.64 $42,930
Oklahoma City, OK 2,410 3.90 4.29 $25.66 $53,380
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,400 1.21 1.33 $33.39 $69,450
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,330 0.74 0.82 $27.58 $57,370




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)
Warner Robins, GA 1,170 16.39 18.03 $26.79 $55,720
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 720 5.23 5.75 $20.26 $42,140
New Bern, NC 220 5.14 5.66 $27.23 $56,640
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 410 4.59 5.05 $28.71 $59,730
Oklahoma City, OK 2,410 3.90 4.29 $25.66 $53,380
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 890 3.49 3.84 $25.77 $53,590
Appleton, WI 360 2.96 3.25 $27.61 $57,430
Jefferson City, MO 220 2.88 3.17 $33.65 $69,990
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 430 2.88 3.17 (8) (8)
Muskegon, MI 170 2.64 2.91 $29.99 $62,380