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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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: Top

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)
128,220 2.2 % $ 26.60 $ 55,320 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Sheet Metal Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.64 $ 18.26 $ 24.70 $ 32.39 $ 42.05
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,460 $ 37,980 $ 51,370 $ 67,380 $ 87,470


Industry profile for Sheet Metal Workers: Top

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 60,480 2.77 $ 28.51 $ 59,310
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 18,720 3.95 $ 23.20 $ 48,260
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 18,000 1.95 $ 24.35 $ 50,660
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 6,690 0.32 $ 28.76 $ 59,810
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,790 0.47 $ 24.48 $ 50,930

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) 18,720 3.95 $ 23.20 $ 48,260
Building Equipment Contractors 60,480 2.77 $ 28.51 $ 59,310
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 18,000 1.95 $ 24.35 $ 50,660
Ship and Boat Building 2,240 1.63 $ 26.92 $ 55,990
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 730 0.50 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for Sheet Metal Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 330 0.01 $ 42.88 $ 89,190
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 70 (7) $ 38.94 $ 80,990
Elementary and Secondary Schools 200 (7) $ 36.58 $ 76,090
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 90 (7) $ 34.90 $ 72,600
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) (8) (8) $ 34.45 $ 71,660


Geographic profile for Sheet Metal Workers: Top

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.





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 12,600 0.77 0.83 $ 31.30 $ 65,110
Texas 10,400 0.86 0.93 $ 22.21 $ 46,200
Florida 8,220 0.97 1.06 $ 20.43 $ 42,500
New York 6,230 0.72 0.78 $ 32.27 $ 67,110
Illinois 5,320 0.95 1.03 $ 30.18 $ 62,770




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 3,490 2.23 2.42 $ 24.82 $ 51,620
Oregon 2,980 1.65 1.79 $ 29.30 $ 60,940
Rhode Island 700 1.57 1.70 $ 26.58 $ 55,280
Utah 2,210 1.48 1.61 $ 25.08 $ 52,180
Missouri 3,950 1.47 1.59 $ 29.24 $ 60,810




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 170 0.58 0.63 $ 38.73 $ 80,560
Hawaii 770 1.34 1.45 $ 37.70 $ 78,410
Washington 3,520 1.10 1.20 $ 34.54 $ 71,840
District of Columbia 260 0.38 0.41 $ 34.22 $ 71,180
West Virginia 500 0.77 0.84 $ 33.34 $ 69,350





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 6,610 0.75 0.81 $ 32.73 $ 68,080
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,910 0.90 0.97 $ 30.00 $ 62,400
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,470 0.97 1.05 $ 22.58 $ 46,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,130 0.54 0.58 $ 27.67 $ 57,550
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,740 0.92 1.00 $ 22.23 $ 46,250
Oklahoma City, OK 2,600 4.26 4.62 $ 26.14 $ 54,380
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,310 1.78 1.93 $ 31.49 $ 65,500
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 2,270 1.99 2.16 $ 31.84 $ 66,230
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,210 1.13 1.22 $ 36.60 $ 76,120
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 2,160 1.68 1.82 $ 27.27 $ 56,720




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)
New Bern, NC 270 6.48 7.03 $ 26.47 $ 55,060
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 700 5.58 6.05 $ 23.43 $ 48,740
Oklahoma City, OK 2,600 4.26 4.62 $ 26.14 $ 54,380
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 1,030 3.97 4.30 $ 24.67 $ 51,320
St. Joseph, MO-KS 200 3.79 4.11 $ 27.19 $ 56,560
Yuba City, CA 160 3.70 4.02 $ 30.03 $ 62,460
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 520 3.64 3.95 $ 26.29 $ 54,680
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 120 3.47 3.77 $ 36.76 $ 76,460
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 300 3.47 3.76 $ 28.79 $ 59,890
Lynchburg, VA 320 3.33 3.61 $ 17.42 $ 36,240




Top paying metropolitan areas for Sheet Metal Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fairbanks, AK 60 2.07 2.24 $ 63.89 $ 132,900
Kankakee, IL 40 0.94 1.02 $ 43.82 $ 91,140
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 70 0.67 0.72 $ 41.84 $ 87,030
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 50 0.85 0.92 $ 39.57 $ 82,320
Urban Honolulu, HI 650 1.57 1.70 $ 39.09 $ 81,300
Bellingham, WA 80 1.05 1.14 $ 38.06 $ 79,170
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,740 0.74 0.81 $ 37.45 $ 77,900
Santa Rosa, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 37.16 $ 77,300
Salinas, CA 70 0.43 0.47 $ 37.13 $ 77,230
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 120 3.47 3.77 $ 36.76 $ 76,460

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Sheet Metal Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 360 1.71 1.86 $ 23.11 $ 48,080
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 220 0.90 0.98 $ 15.40 $ 32,030
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 210 1.71 1.85 $ 27.05 $ 56,270
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 210 0.92 1.00 $ 25.05 $ 52,100
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 210 0.66 0.72 $ 21.76 $ 45,260

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 160 2.33 2.52 $ 20.33 $ 42,290
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 170 1.95 2.11 $ 16.92 $ 35,200
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 360 1.71 1.86 $ 23.11 $ 48,080
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 210 1.71 1.85 $ 27.05 $ 56,270
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 100 1.49 1.61 $ 12.48 $ 25,960

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Sheet Metal Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 45.38 $ 94,400
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 70 0.77 0.84 $ 37.49 $ 77,990
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.44 0.48 $ 35.23 $ 73,280
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 31.47 $ 65,460
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 0.95 1.03 $ 31.40 $ 65,320


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021