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Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker Salary

Median pay for Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.43 per hour. For the most part, Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (64 percent) are men. Medical benefits are awarded to over a third, and just over a fifth earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$23,889 - $61,636
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$24K
$43K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,448
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$10.10 - $24.82
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,889 - $61,636  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
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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$22,557 - $59,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $24.82  
   
Overtime
$13.91 - $37.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
   
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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$22,557 - $59,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 133
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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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $27K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $32K. On average, Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers make $40K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $50K.

Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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
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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 29 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 38% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 57%