Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
131,600 2.2 % $21.98 $45,710 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.02 $15.08 $20.05 $27.40 $35.57
Annual Wage (2) $24,990 $31,360 $41,710 $57,000 $73,980


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 62,340 3.78 $23.28 $48,420
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 15,240 4.69 $19.42 $40,390
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 14,440 2.02 $20.24 $42,100
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,800 0.33 $25.32 $52,660
Building Finishing Contractors 3,400 0.51 $22.32 $46,430

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 15,240 4.69 $19.42 $40,390
Building Equipment Contractors 62,340 3.78 $23.28 $48,420
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing 3,110 2.47 $19.09 $39,710
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 14,440 2.02 $20.24 $42,100
Ship and Boat Building 1,930 1.54 $20.22 $42,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 50 (7) $36.45 $75,820
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 90 0.06 $33.44 $69,560
Local Government (OES Designation) 330 0.01 $29.46 $61,290
Elementary and Secondary Schools 100 (7) $28.20 $58,660
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 120 0.10 $28.08 $58,400


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 12,600 0.90 0.87 $27.13 $56,440
Texas 11,190 1.11 1.07 $17.35 $36,090
Georgia 5,870 1.57 1.51 $19.50 $40,560
Florida 5,560 0.78 0.76 $17.64 $36,700
Illinois 5,360 0.97 0.94 $28.02 $58,280




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)
Kansas 3,520 2.70 2.60 $19.27 $40,090
Oklahoma 3,540 2.38 2.30 $20.57 $42,780
North Dakota 710 1.99 1.92 $19.18 $39,900
Montana 710 1.67 1.62 $19.20 $39,940
Wisconsin 4,230 1.62 1.57 $24.04 $50,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 1,280 1.15 1.11 $33.01 $68,650
New Jersey 3,140 0.83 0.80 $28.76 $59,820
Hawaii 570 1.00 0.96 $28.70 $59,690
Alaska 360 1.16 1.12 $28.04 $58,320
Illinois 5,360 0.97 0.94 $28.02 $58,280

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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,970 1.59 1.54 $17.56 $36,530
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,500 0.70 0.68 $31.04 $64,560
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 3,040 0.86 0.83 $31.37 $65,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,970 1.30 1.25 $23.14 $48,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,630 0.69 0.67 $26.98 $56,130
Oklahoma City, OK 2,430 4.40 4.25 $22.43 $46,660
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 2,060 1.66 1.60 $26.70 $55,530
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,050 1.03 0.99 $17.41 $36,220
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,940 0.88 0.85 $18.69 $38,880
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,890 1.12 1.08 $20.19 $42,000




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Warner Robins, GA 1,440 25.35 24.49 $23.48 $48,830
Oklahoma City, OK 2,430 4.40 4.25 $22.43 $46,660
Corpus Christi, TX 650 3.76 3.63 $24.26 $50,460
Grand Forks, ND-MN 170 3.71 3.59 $21.30 $44,300
Longview, WA 120 3.63 3.50 $33.11 $68,880
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 660 3.48 3.37 $24.12 $50,180
Wichita, KS 960 3.46 3.34 $16.08 $33,440
Mobile, AL 550 3.30 3.19 $14.94 $31,080
Pueblo, CO 180 3.23 3.12 $13.48 $28,050
Jefferson City, MO 230 3.23 3.12 $24.38 $50,710




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.54 0.52 $39.62 $82,410
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 50 0.29 0.28 $37.81 $78,640
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ (8) (8) (8) $36.23 $75,350
Olympia, WA (8) (8) (8) $35.51 $73,870
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 1,020 1.26 1.22 $34.86 $72,500
Longview, WA 120 3.63 3.50 $33.11 $68,880
Champaign-Urbana, IL 180 1.86 1.80 $32.82 $68,260
Napa, CA 70 1.20 1.16 $32.31 $67,210
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 170 0.67 0.65 $31.82 $66,180
Flint, MI 200 1.60 1.55 $31.64 $65,820

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 650 2.69 2.60 $13.56 $28,210
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 570 1.97 1.90 $13.00 $27,030
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 490 2.77 2.68 $23.17 $48,190
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 310 1.62 1.57 $19.13 $39,780
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 300 1.46 1.41 $14.15 $29,430

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 490 2.77 2.68 $23.17 $48,190
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 650 2.69 2.60 $13.56 $28,210
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area 170 2.15 2.08 $15.82 $32,910
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 110 2.15 2.07 $21.42 $44,560
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 130 2.05 1.98 $15.05 $31,300

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.19 $66,950
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 0.21 $31.09 $64,660
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.98 $62,360
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.67 0.65 $26.56 $55,240
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 230 1.34 1.29 $26.28 $54,670


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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