Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
132,920 2.1 % $25.05 $52,100 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.14 $16.86 $23.07 $30.78 $41.88
Annual Wage (2) $27,330 $35,060 $47,990 $64,030 $87,120


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 64,880 3.15 $26.99 $56,140
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 19,650 4.28 $21.13 $43,950
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 15,440 1.76 $23.49 $48,860
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,650 0.33 $26.92 $55,990
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,590 0.46 $25.11 $52,240

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) 19,650 4.28 $21.13 $43,950
Building Equipment Contractors 64,880 3.15 $26.99 $56,140
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 15,440 1.76 $23.49 $48,860
Ship and Boat Building 1,740 1.30 $25.68 $53,410
Rail Transportation 1,550 0.66 $30.05 $62,510

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) 330 0.01 $38.69 $80,480
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 70 (7) $35.94 $74,750
Scientific Research and Development Services 50 0.01 $34.43 $71,620
Management of Companies and Enterprises 130 0.01 $34.30 $71,330
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 110 0.01 $33.56 $69,810


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 11,680 0.70 0.75 $27.64 $57,480
Texas 11,010 0.93 0.99 $19.59 $40,740
New York 8,080 0.88 0.94 $32.08 $66,730
Florida 7,910 0.94 1.01 $18.76 $39,010
Ohio 4,590 0.85 0.92 $24.32 $50,580




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 3,210 2.04 2.19 $23.91 $49,730
Alaska 470 1.47 1.57 $36.97 $76,900
Wisconsin 4,110 1.46 1.56 $26.05 $54,170
Missouri 3,880 1.39 1.49 $30.48 $63,400
Oregon 2,530 1.38 1.48 $24.13 $50,190




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 750 1.18 1.27 $37.01 $76,980
Alaska 470 1.47 1.57 $36.97 $76,900
Illinois 4,450 0.75 0.81 $34.46 $71,680
Massachusetts 4,380 1.24 1.33 $32.83 $68,290
New York 8,080 0.88 0.94 $32.08 $66,730



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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 5,290 0.79 0.85 $34.87 $72,530
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,140 1.07 1.15 $22.44 $46,670
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,950 1.18 1.27 $16.15 $33,590
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,800 0.76 0.82 $36.46 $75,830
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,690 1.36 1.46 $21.19 $44,070
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,640 1.44 1.54 $35.83 $74,520
Oklahoma City, OK 2,390 3.96 4.25 $25.05 $52,110
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,290 1.39 1.49 $31.58 $65,690
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,170 1.51 1.62 $23.00 $47,850
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,970 0.75 0.81 $21.47 $44,650


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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 1,110 15.95 17.10 $26.57 $55,270
New Bern, NC 240 5.35 5.74 $27.43 $57,060
Hot Springs, AR 190 5.33 5.72 $17.15 $35,670
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 360 4.12 4.42 $29.33 $61,000
Oklahoma City, OK 2,390 3.96 4.25 $25.05 $52,110
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 930 3.71 3.98 $24.50 $50,960
Fairbanks, AK 110 2.98 3.20 $35.13 $73,060
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 440 2.93 3.14 (8) (8)
Harrisonburg, VA 180 2.85 3.06 $20.66 $42,970
Fond du Lac, WI 130 2.83 3.03 $26.77 $55,670


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 0.37 0.40 $38.08 $79,200
Champaign-Urbana, IL 110 1.11 1.19 $38.00 $79,030
Anchorage, AK 310 1.80 1.93 $37.62 $78,250
Urban Honolulu, HI 650 1.41 1.51 $37.13 $77,230
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,800 0.76 0.82 $36.46 $75,830
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 110 0.28 0.30 $36.12 $75,120
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,640 1.44 1.54 $35.83 $74,520
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 480 0.90 0.97 $35.63 $74,110
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 180 1.04 1.11 $35.46 $73,750
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $35.22 $73,270

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 390 2.47 2.65 $25.65 $53,350
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 340 1.02 1.09 $19.27 $40,090
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 340 1.56 1.67 $26.21 $54,510
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 290 1.25 1.34 $16.56 $34,450
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 280 1.48 1.59 $25.50 $53,050

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 390 2.47 2.65 $25.65 $53,350
Far East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 1.76 1.89 $20.50 $42,650
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 340 1.56 1.67 $26.21 $54,510
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 280 1.48 1.59 $25.50 $53,050
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 1.42 1.53 $19.51 $40,580

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.50 0.54 $40.83 $84,920
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.86 0.92 $39.13 $81,390
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.62 0.67 $38.24 $79,550
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 180 1.32 1.42 $31.23 $64,960
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.21 $60,770


About May 2017 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018