Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
134,110 2.0 % $22.81 $47,440 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.13 $15.53 $21.10 $28.29 $36.79
Annual Wage (2) $25,220 $32,310 $43,890 $58,840 $76,530


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 61,120 3.54 $24.84 $51,660
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 19,730 5.68 $19.80 $41,190
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 14,690 2.06 $21.28 $44,270
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,630 0.33 $25.95 $53,970
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,650 0.55 $21.80 $45,350

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 19,730 5.68 $19.80 $41,190
Building Equipment Contractors 61,120 3.54 $24.84 $51,660
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 14,690 2.06 $21.28 $44,270
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing 2,040 1.61 $18.50 $38,470
Ship and Boat Building 1,750 1.34 $22.88 $47,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 60 (7) $31.81 $66,160
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 60 0.04 $29.51 $61,380
Scientific Research and Development Services 90 0.01 $28.44 $59,150
Local Government (OES Designation) 390 0.01 $28.05 $58,340
Elementary and Secondary Schools 100 (7) $27.10 $56,360


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)
Texas 13,080 1.20 1.18 $17.43 $36,260
California 12,870 0.87 0.86 $27.58 $57,360
Florida 7,050 0.95 0.93 $16.66 $34,650
New York 6,200 0.72 0.71 $30.94 $64,350
Georgia 4,580 1.18 1.17 $20.74 $43,140




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 2.19 2.16 $21.93 $45,610
Mississippi 2,160 1.99 1.97 $18.10 $37,650
North Dakota 720 1.71 1.69 $17.41 $36,220
Oregon 2,750 1.68 1.66 $24.13 $50,180
Kansas 2,230 1.67 1.65 $20.68 $43,020




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 1.24 1.23 $31.30 $65,100
New York 6,200 0.72 0.71 $30.94 $64,350
Alaska 270 0.85 0.84 $30.77 $64,000
Minnesota 2,330 0.87 0.86 $30.73 $63,920
Illinois 4,090 0.72 0.71 $28.19 $58,640





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,710 1.71 1.69 $16.88 $35,120
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,100 0.59 0.58 $35.31 $73,450
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,630 1.23 1.21 $16.70 $34,730
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,460 0.67 0.66 $30.04 $62,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,270 0.57 0.56 $27.01 $56,190
Oklahoma City, OK 2,090 3.50 3.46 $25.06 $52,130
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 2,090 2.03 2.01 $24.76 $51,510
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,050 0.89 0.88 $19.92 $41,440
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,970 1.11 1.09 $18.59 $38,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,830 0.77 0.77 $24.55 $51,070




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 1,480 26.05 25.76 $24.59 $51,150
Cleveland, TN 250 6.50 6.42 $16.27 $33,850
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 320 4.81 4.76 $24.30 $50,540
Corpus Christi, TX 710 3.83 3.79 $24.70 $51,370
Jonesboro, AR 180 3.52 3.48 $15.94 $33,160
Oklahoma City, OK 2,090 3.50 3.46 $25.06 $52,130
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 710 3.49 3.45 $24.54 $51,040
Longview, WA 110 3.19 3.15 $31.72 $65,980
Evansville, IN-KY 490 2.86 2.83 $25.69 $53,430
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 160 2.71 2.68 $23.08 $48,000