Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker Salary

The average Precious Stone & Metal Jeweler in the United States earns approximately $15.73 per hour. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over a half lack coverage. On the flip side, just over two-fifths have medical insurance and just under one in three receive dental plans. Men working as Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,000 - $62,588
(Median)
$24K
$47K
$63K
MEDIAN: $46,996
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$10.88 - $24.17
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,000 - $62,588  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
Profit Sharing
$1,600  
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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$23,628 - $57,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.88 - $24.17  
   
Overtime
$14.90 - $30.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
   
Commission
$7,650  
Profit Sharing
$1,600  
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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$23,628 - $57,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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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

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

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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. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $30K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $34K. Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $49K.

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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.

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Experience Affects Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
medical benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 52%
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