Jeweler, Precious Stone / Metal Worker Salary

Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers in the United States pull down an average of $15.44 per hour. Work is enjoyable for Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. About two in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to one-fourth collect dental insurance. The majority of Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers (62 percent) survey respondents are male. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,914 - $62,182
(Median)
$24K
$48K
$62K
MEDIAN: $47,757
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$10.39 - $24.58
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$15
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,914 - $62,182  
   
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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$22,712 - $58,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.39 - $24.58  
   
Overtime
$14.87 - $34.21  
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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$22,712 - $58,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers. Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $29K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $32K. Precious Stone & Metal Jewelers bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a 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
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 40% dental benefits Dental: 25%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 55%
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