A Gunsmith earns an average wage of $15.28 per hour.

$26,898 - $61,509
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$27K
$40K
$62K
MEDIAN: $39,935
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$9.85 - $25.71
(Median)
$9
$15
$26
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$26,898 - $61,509  
   
Bonus
$4,094  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$22,581 - $60,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$9.85 - $25.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$14.22 - $59.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$4,094  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$22,581 - $60,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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Job Description for Gunsmith

A gunsmith designs and builds firearms for clients, as well as repairs existing weapons. This position requires extensive knowledge of firearms, and it may be a full-time or part-time position for an employer or as an independent agent. When gunsmiths design a new weapon, they may work completely from scratch or they may customize existing weapons for their clients; throughout the design and development process, gunsmiths must talk with their clients to ensure they are meeting the customers' needs. Additionally, gunsmiths make repairs or modifications to existing weapons. This can include, for example, mounting a scope, adding gun sights, repairing a weapon so it is in working condition or improving accuracy. In all of their duties, gunsmiths must be able to safely handle firearms and ensure that the weapons they produce or repair are safe to use.

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Gunsmith Tasks

  • Train users on weapon handling, maintenance and firing.
  • Maintain inventory of current weapons, ammunition, parts, tools, cleaning equipment and other items.
  • Inspect, clean, diagnose and maintain small arms weapons.
  • Perform repairs and upgrade weapons.

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Pay by Experience Level for Gunsmith

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Gunsmith Reviews

What is it like working as a Gunsmith?

Gunsmith in Pittsburgh:
Pros: I love to help people and teach people. I also enjoy teaching students the professional skill sets they will need to succeed in this career field.
Cons: Very low income job. Never get a good raise and make less than what my students will end up making when they graduate.

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Experience Affects Gunsmith Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 51%

Experienced
up arrow 46%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
medical benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 58%
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