Earnings for Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers in the United States come in at around $15.75 per hour on average. Men make up a slight majority of Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers (53 percent) who responded to the survey. Although more than two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, a little over a half do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. For the most part, Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,479 - $64,229
(Median)
$29K
$45K
$64K
MEDIAN: $44,505
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$11.80 - $24.71
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$12
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,479 - $64,229  
   
Bonus
$500  
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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$25,124 - $57,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $24.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$14.90 - $37.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$500  
   
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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$25,124 - $57,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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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.


Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $30K, 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 $33K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $39K in this role. Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $48K.

Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker Reviews

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.

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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
$37,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker Salaries

National Average
$37,000

Stone Setting
up arrow 12%

Jewelry Repair
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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