Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
134,450 2.1 % $24.56 $51,080 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.81 $16.50 $22.57 $30.20 $41.03
Annual Wage (2) $26,640 $34,320 $46,940 $62,820 $85,340


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 66,110 3.32 $26.46 $55,030
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 18,930 5.11 $21.50 $44,730
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 15,710 1.86 $22.61 $47,030
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,540 0.32 $26.51 $55,150
Employment Services 3,170 0.09 $19.14 $39,810

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 18,930 5.11 $21.50 $44,730
Building Equipment Contractors 66,110 3.32 $26.46 $55,030
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing 2,560 1.99 $19.42 $40,390
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 15,710 1.86 $22.61 $47,030
Ship and Boat Building 1,850 1.36 $24.22 $50,370

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $41.13 $85,550
Local Government (OES Designation) 390 0.01 $35.57 $73,990
State Government (OES Designation) 110 (7) $34.71 $72,190
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 70 (7) $34.50 $71,770
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $30.01 $62,430


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 13,050 0.82 0.85 $28.37 $59,000
Texas 11,090 0.94 0.99 $19.27 $40,080
New York 8,130 0.89 0.93 $31.20 $64,900
Florida 7,460 0.91 0.95 $18.48 $38,440
Georgia 4,400 1.04 1.09 $20.96 $43,590




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 3,360 2.12 2.21 $23.02 $47,890
Mississippi 1,810 1.62 1.69 $18.03 $37,510
Kansas 2,170 1.58 1.65 $24.30 $50,540
Hawaii 970 1.53 1.60 $32.24 $67,050
Utah 2,060 1.50 1.57 $22.36 $46,510




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 450 1.40 1.46 $37.68 $78,360
Illinois 4,120 0.70 0.73 $36.01 $74,890
Hawaii 970 1.53 1.60 $32.24 $67,050
Minnesota 2,860 1.02 1.06 $31.32 $65,140
New York 8,130 0.89 0.93 $31.20 $64,900





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 4,510 0.68 0.71 $33.15 $68,950
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,210 1.09 1.14 $22.03 $45,810
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,640 1.09 1.13 $15.38 $31,990
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,580 0.71 0.74 $38.72 $80,530
Oklahoma City, OK 2,490 4.10 4.28 $23.72 $49,330
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,310 1.28 1.34 $35.50 $73,840
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,220 1.60 1.67 $26.76 $55,660
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,140 1.11 1.15 $21.65 $45,030
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 2,140 2.10 2.20 $22.50 $46,800
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,120 1.58 1.65 $31.08 $64,650