Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

51-9071 Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

Design, fabricate, adjust, repair, or appraise jewelry, gold, silver, other precious metals, or gems. Include diamond polishers and gem cutters and persons who perform precision casting and modeling of molds, casting metal in molds, or setting precious and semi-precious stones for jewelry and related products.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
30,360 5.3 % $14.48 $30,120 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.58 $9.77 $13.06 $17.28 $22.16
Annual Wage (2) $15,760 $20,320 $27,160 $35,940 $46,090

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores 13,180 $16.41 $34,130 1 4
Misc. durable goods merchant wholesalers 1,690 $14.56 $30,290 2 7
Household goods repair and maintenance 1,220 $12.22 $25,430 3 15
Nondepository credit intermediation 380 $11.17 $23,230 4 16
Architectural and engineering services 170 $21.87 $45,500 5 1

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Architectural and engineering services 170 $21.87 $45,500 5 1
Electronic shopping and mail-order houses 80 $20.11 $41,820 9 2
Chemical merchant wholesalers (6) $16.65 $34,620 (6) 3
Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores 13,180 $16.41 $34,130 1 4
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 110 $15.63 $32,520 8 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Rhode Island 1,030 $12.44 $25,870 0.217% 421
New York 6,390 $13.46 $27,990 0.077% 557
New Mexico 550 $10.73 $22,310 0.075% 464
South Dakota 250 $11.44 $23,800 0.071% 327
Vermont 130 $12.35 $25,680 0.045% 370

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Connecticut 210 $22.18 $46,140 0.013% 236
Michigan 760 $21.83 $45,410 0.018% 237
Maryland 240 $19.26 $40,060 0.010% 295
Kansas 120 $18.14 $37,720 0.009% 241
Missouri 300 $18.10 $37,640 0.011% 297

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Rapid City, SD MSA 190 $11.26 $23,430 0.396%
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA MSA 1,090 $12.42 $25,820 0.209%
New York, NY PMSA 5,450 $13.19 $27,440 0.137%
Albuquerque, NM MSA 360 $10.79 $22,440 0.104%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 180 $16.83 $35,010 0.075%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR MSA (6) $37.96 $78,950 (6)
New Haven-Meriden, CT PMSA (6) $34.12 $70,970 (6)
Waco, TX MSA (6) $23.89 $49,680 (6)
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC MSA (6) $21.73 $45,210 (6)
Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI PMSA 100 $21.41 $44,530 0.012%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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