Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker Salary

The average Precious Stone & Metal Jeweler in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $15.85 per hour. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a little over a half and dental coverage is claimed by nearly one in three. Women make up a slight majority of Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers (55 percent) survey respondents. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,187 - $70,469
$29K
$42K
$70K
MEDIAN: $42,500
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$11.83 - $24.53
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,187 - $70,469  
   
Bonus
$305.21  
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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$25,358 - $58,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.83 - $24.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$14.90 - $48.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$305.21  
   
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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$25,358 - $58,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 68

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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

Pay by Experience for a Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 32 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 21 salaries. An experienced Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 26 salaries. A Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 33 salaries.

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
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker Salaries

Late-Career
▲27%

Experienced
▲6%

National Average
$35,000

Mid-Career
▼6%

Entry-Level
▼16%

Skills That Affect Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker Salaries

National Average
$35,000

Stone Setting
▼11%

Jewelry Repair
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
no benefits
None: 44%
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