Sheet Metal Mechanic Salary

A sizeable majority of Sheet Metal Mechanics in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $21.01 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a majority. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,128 - $73,491
$29K
$45K
$73K
MEDIAN: $45,274
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50%
90%

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$14.86 - $30.64
$15
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $21.01
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,128 - $73,491  
   
Bonus
$153.19 - $4,894  
Profit Sharing
$2,100  
Total Pay (?
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$31,513 - $70,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.86 - $30.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$21.73 - $45.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$153.19 - $4,894  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,100  
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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$31,513 - $70,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 444

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Job Description for Sheet Metal Mechanic

A sheet metal mechanic assembles, repairs, and disassembles sheet metal in various applications, such as structural and transportation. Sheet metal mechanics are also needed for the aviation and shipping industry. Another thing that sheet metal mechanics deal with is applications related to HVAC, such as ducts and ventilation. In these positions, the sheet metal mechanic may also have to have experience and certification in HVAC applications. In other positions, the sheet metal mechanic may also be in charge of inspecting structures, ships, and airplanes for damage, and the mechanic will then make an evaluation as to what needs to be replaced or repaired. Other positions involve building and improving homes, such as installing rain gutters and furnace casing. Some positions may involve manipulating other materials like plastic.

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Sheet Metal Mechanic Tasks

  • Assemble and install sheet metal pieces using power tools.
  • Test final product to ensure readiness.
  • Correct distortions and flaws in manufacturing by straightening and fitting.
  • Read and understand blueprints to place sheet metal at correct locations.

Common Career Paths for Sheet Metal Mechanic


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It is somewhat unusual to come across Sheet Metal Mechanics who move on to become Sheet Metal Supervisors, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $52K. However, Sheet Metal Mechanics typically graduate to Sheet Metal Workers or Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics.

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Popular Skills for Sheet Metal Mechanic


Sheet Metal Mechanics report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Welding, Blueprints, Manufacturing Fabrication, and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include HVAC System Design, Metal Inert Gas Welding, and Manufacturing Fabrication. Most people experienced in Blueprints also know Welding and HVAC System Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Sheet Metal Mechanic

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Sheet Metal Mechanics, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $37K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $53K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Key Stats for Sheet Metal Mechanic

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects Sheet Metal Mechanic Salaries

▲13%

▲8%

▼0%

National Average
$47,000

▼21%

Skills That Affect Sheet Metal Mechanic Salaries

National Average
$47,000

▼1%

▼1%


Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
▼9%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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