Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker Salary

For Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers, hourly average wages total $15.39 per hour. For the most part, Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly two in five, and nearly one in four earn dental coverage. Male Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (60 percent) are men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,901 - $62,243
(Median)
$29K
$48K
$62K
MEDIAN: $48,479
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$10.26 - $24.53
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$15
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,901 - $62,243  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
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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$22,267 - $58,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $24.53  
   
Overtime
$14.83 - $33.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
   
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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$22,267 - $58,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $28K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $32K. Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $50K.

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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
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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 22 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 40% dental benefits Dental: 25%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 55%
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