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Highest Paying Industries for Sheet Metal Workers

The top 100 highest paying industries for sheet metal workers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $87,140, masonry contractors is the highest paying industry for sheet metal workers. It is followed by state government, excluding schools and hospitals (oes designation) industry (average annual salary $79,750). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of sheet metal workers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Sheet Metal Workers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Masonry Contractors
$87,140
40
2 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$79,750
110
3 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$69,510
n/a
4 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$64,950
100
5 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$64,310
50
6 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$62,630
60
7 Health Care and Social Assistance
$62,630
60
8 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$60,780
430
9 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$60,260
560
10 Food Manufacturing
$58,860
40
11 Rail Transportation
$57,410
1,200
12 Educational Services - Local government owned
$56,420
100
13 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$56,230
90
14 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$56,230
90
15 State government, including schools and hospitals
$55,770
410
16 Transportation and Warehousing
$55,270
1,770
17 Chemical Manufacturing
$54,960
70
18 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$54,450
120
19 Federal government, including USPS
$54,090
6,350
20 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$54,090
6,350
21 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$54,090
7,320
22 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$54,090
6,880
23 Federal, State, and Local Government
$54,090
6,880
24 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$53,560
340
25 Engineering Services
$53,420
340
26 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$52,430
440
27 Educational Services
$52,100
460
28 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$50,540
60
29 Educational Services - Privately owned
$50,540
60
30 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$50,460
360
31 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$50,440
300
32 Educational Services - State government owned
$50,440
300
33 Utility System Construction
$49,470
160
34 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$49,310
58,900
35 Support Activities for Air Transportation
$49,100
520
36 Ship and Boat Building
$49,030
1,840
37 Building Equipment Contractors
$48,720
61,610
38 Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$48,670
n/a
39 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$47,490
70
40 Drywall and Insulation Contractors
$46,540
410
41 Specialty Trade Contractors
$46,290
79,930
42 Construction
$45,930
84,270
43 Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$45,330
1,040
44 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$45,320
170
45 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$44,940
1,580
46 Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$44,770
40
47 Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$44,760
40
48 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$44,410
4,660
49 Building Finishing Contractors
$44,260
2,340
50 Other Building Equipment Contractors
$43,750
1,340
51 Machine Shops
$43,630
860
52 Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$41,500
150
53 Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$40,830
120
54 Roofing Contractors
$40,800
8,300
55 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$40,460
440
56 Nonresidential Building Construction
$40,310
3,160
57 Commercial and Industrial Machinery Equipment (except Auto and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
$39,320
180
58 Manufacturing
$39,110
34,560
59 Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
$39,060
19,480
60 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$38,850
23,050
61 Wholesale Trade
$38,810
520
62 Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$38,690
400
63 Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$38,550
15,510
64 Repair and Maintenance
$38,440
210
65 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$38,440
210
66 Construction of Buildings
$38,370
4,160
67 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$38,110
1,050
68 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$37,680
60
69 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$37,380
390
70 Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$37,380
870
71 Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$37,310
340
72 Machinery Manufacturing
$37,220
5,450
73 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$37,140
300
74 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$36,800
700
75 Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$36,660
2,470
76 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$36,370
800
77 Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers
$35,910
n/a
78 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$35,630
3,100
79 Administrative and Support Services
$35,600
3,090
80 Forging and Stamping
$35,530
300
81 Employment Services
$35,450
3,030
82 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$35,350
n/a
83 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$34,060
40
84 Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
$33,530
160
85 Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$33,370
1,020
86 Other Specialty Trade Contractors
$33,250
470
87 Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
$33,030
700
88 Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$32,830
140
89 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$32,300
570
90 Temporary Help Services
$32,100
1,590
91 Plastics Product Manufacturing
$31,600
30
92 Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$31,150
50
93 Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers
$30,100
n/a
94 Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$27,250
n/a
95 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$26,310
n/a
96 Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
$24,870
40
97 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$19,450
n/a
See also: Highest paying cities for sheet metal workers.