Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers in the United States pull down an average of $15.42 per hour. Women make up a slight majority of Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers (56 percent) survey respondents. While some workers in this profession — half — do not have any health coverage, approximately one-half do receive medical benefits and nearly one in three have dental insurance. The majority of Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,479 - $64,229
$29K
$45K
$64K
MEDIAN: $44,505
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$11.69 - $23.88
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,479 - $64,229  
   
Bonus
$100.67 - $3,973  
Commission
$7,650  
Total Pay (?
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$24,855 - $56,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $23.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$15.10 - $37.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$100.67 - $3,973  
   
Commission
$7,650  
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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$24,855 - $56,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 71

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Job Description for Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker

Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers are involved in the production and sale of jewelery. They are typically involved in every step of the production process. This includes designing and manufacturing, although in some cases there may be a separate designer.

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Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker Tasks

  • Design, adjust, repair, and appraise gold, silver, precious and semi-precious metals, and gems.
  • Polish diamonds, cut gems, engraving, perform precision casting, modeling of molds, and metal casting.
  • Repair jewelry including ring sizing, stone setting, channel setting, head soldering, chain repair, and tube/hinge work.

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Pay by Experience Level for Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $29K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $33K on average. Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $38K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $46K on average.

Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker?

Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker in Northampton:
"The work is very rewarding, artistic and challenging."
Pros: I love working with and manipulating metal. I love working with the precious metals and stones. I get to continuously learn new techniques and my skill set is constantly growing.
Cons: It can be very stressful working in a small studio. I am currently the only experienced person on the team and trying to balance getting work done and training new members. The growing business has a high demand for quantity and we have few hands.

Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker in Hanover:
"For Love, Not Money."
If you wish to have fulfillment and appreciation for your work, go into being an owner/operator of your work. This can be done either as a designer/contractor, or store owner. Be in contact with the people who will be wearing what you make if possible - they are the ones who will appreciate your work the most. Working for someone else can be rewarding if they truly appreciate what you do and show it well. Often you will wind up in a back room with no contact with the outside world or ever hear about it when "ya done good", only when "ya F#@*ed up", even when you follow the directions given. All in all, I still love what I do and can't imagine doing too many other things.

Key Stats for Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
35%
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Experience Affects Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$35,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker Salaries

National Average
$35,000

Stone Setting
up arrow 10%

Jewelry Repair
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 48%
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