Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker Salary

Median pay for Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.73 per hour. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over a half lack any form of coverage — but just over two-fifths have medical insurance, and slightly less than a third have dental, too. For the most part, Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,000 - $62,588
(Median)
$24K
$47K
$63K
MEDIAN: $46,996
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$10.88 - $24.17
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$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,000 - $62,588  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
Profit Sharing
$1,600  
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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$23,628 - $57,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.88 - $24.17  
   
Overtime
$14.90 - $30.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
   
Commission
$7,650  
Profit Sharing
$1,600  
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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$23,628 - $57,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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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. Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $30K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $34K. On average, Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers make $40K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $49K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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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
up arrow 11%

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 16 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
medical benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 52%
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