Sheet Metal Worker Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

The salary statistics of sheet metal workers in the industry sector of manufacturing are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare sheet metal worker salaries in different industries within the manufacturing sector.

Average Annual Salary of Sheet Metal Workers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$24,660
25th Percentile Wage
$30,120
50th Percentile Wage
$40,330
75th Percentile Wage
$55,700
90th Percentile Wage
$73,600

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for sheet metal workers in the industry sector of manufacturing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) sheet metal workers is $73,600. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $40,330. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid sheet metal workers is $24,660.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of sheet metal workers in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$40,330
0.42% 6.20%
2016
$40,160
2.47% -
2015
$39,170
0.15% -
2014
$39,110
3.73% -
2013
$37,650
-0.48% -
2012
$37,830
- -

Compare Sheet Metal Worker Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of sheet metal workers in 58 industries in the manufacturing sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for sheet metal worker occupations is the beverage and tobacco product manufacturing industry with an annual salary $70,410. The lowest paying industry is the alumina and aluminum production and processing industry (annual salary $18,740). For detailed sheet metal worker salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$70,410
Tobacco Manufacturing
$58,460
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$57,340
Food Manufacturing
$55,710
Ship and Boat Building
$54,610
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$54,300
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$54,110
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$54,110
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$53,220
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing
$52,210
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
$52,210
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$51,580
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$50,420
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$50,070
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$50,000
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$49,280
Chemical Manufacturing
$48,140
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$47,950
Chemical Manufacturing
$47,900
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$47,880
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$47,020
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$46,130
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$44,770
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$44,500
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$44,190
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$42,590
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$42,080
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$41,450
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$41,080
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$40,700
Machine Shops
$40,700
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
$40,450
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
$39,050
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$39,020
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$38,960
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
$38,880
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$38,720
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$38,490
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$38,410
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$38,370
Machinery Manufacturing
$38,300
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$37,850
Machinery Manufacturing
$37,740
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$37,620
Forging and Stamping
$37,550
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$36,240
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$35,610
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
$35,540
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$35,150
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$34,700
Hardware Manufacturing
$34,380
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
$33,460
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
$30,270
Wood Product Manufacturing
$30,270
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$30,110
Household Appliance Manufacturing
$30,070
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$27,250
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$18,740

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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