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Sheet Metal Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of sheet metal workers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of sheet metal workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The sheet metal workers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Sheet Metal Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,330
25th Percentile Wage
$35,060
50th Percentile Wage
$47,990
75th Percentile Wage
$64,030
90th Percentile Wage
$87,120

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for sheet metal workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) sheet metal workers is $87,120. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $47,990. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,330. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 218% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$47,990
2.19% 9.79%
2016
$46,940
2.54% -
2015
$45,750
1.49% -
2014
$45,070
2.62% -
2013
$43,890
1.37% -
2012
$43,290
- -

Table 2. Sheet Metal Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of sheet metal workers in 15 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for sheet metal workers occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $77,080. The lowest paying sector is the wholesale trade sector (annual salary $35,870).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$77,080
Health Care and Social Assistance
$72,140
Educational Services
$62,170
Transportation and Warehousing
$58,530
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$57,390
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$56,170
Federal, State, and Local Government
$55,960
Mining
$50,080
Construction
$49,180
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$46,820
Retail Trade
$45,350
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$44,430
Manufacturing
$40,330
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$37,360
Wholesale Trade
$35,870

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Sheet Metal Workers by States

From the above tables we note that not only sheet metal workers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of sheet metal workers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $22,470 to $85,390. The highest paying state for sheet metal workers is Alaska with a median annual salary of $85,390. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $22,470. For more salary information of sheet metal workers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$85,390
Illinois
$80,180
Hawaii
$79,190
Massachusetts
$68,240
Missouri
$66,470
Minnesota
$66,110
District of Columbia
$60,300
West Virginia
$59,870
New York
$59,760
Washington
$57,590
Connecticut
$54,930
Delaware
$54,860
Montana
$54,850
California
$54,410
New Jersey
$53,830
Ohio
$52,080
Oklahoma
$52,030
Michigan
$52,000
Nevada
$51,900
Utah
$51,720
New Hampshire
$51,570
Wisconsin
$50,250
Rhode Island
$50,000
Georgia
$49,770
Pennsylvania
$49,690
Maryland
$49,650
North Dakota
$49,540
Indiana
$48,410
Oregon
$46,720
Virginia
$46,700
Iowa
$46,300
Colorado
$45,810
Maine
$45,310
Nebraska
$44,100
Tennessee
$43,740
Kentucky
$42,950
Arizona
$41,810
Vermont
$40,800
New Mexico
$39,800
Louisiana
$39,700
Wyoming
$38,740
Idaho
$38,550
Virgin Islands
$38,260
Florida
$38,200
Texas
$38,030
South Dakota
$37,580
Kansas
$37,370
South Carolina
$37,160
Alabama
$36,950
Mississippi
$36,760
Arkansas
$35,910
North Carolina
$35,280
Guam
$31,980
Puerto Rico
$22,470



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