Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker Salary

Pay for Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $15.57 per hour. Job satisfaction for Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers is high. Nearly two in five enjoy medical while roughly a fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one in six. Men working as Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 59 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,215 - $62,371

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$10.28 - $24.49

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,215 - $62,371  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
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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$22,448 - $58,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.28 - $24.49  
   
Overtime
$14.86 - $33.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
   
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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$22,448 - $58,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $29K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $33K. Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $51K on average.

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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 39%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

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 21 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 54%
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