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Sheet Metal Mechanic Salary

Sheet Metal Mechanics in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $19.42 per hour. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although more than half have medical coverage and slightly less than one-half have dental coverage, close to one-third claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$33,971 - $78,000
(Median)
$34K
$46K
$78K
MEDIAN: $46,100
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50%
90%

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$14.13 - $28.18
(Median)
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$33,971 - $78,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,184  
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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$30,359 - $64,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.13 - $28.18  
   
Overtime
$19.89 - $39.35  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,184  
   
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).
)
$30,359 - $64,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 295

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Sheet Metal Mechanic


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Many Sheet Metal Mechanics move into a Sheet Metal Supervisor role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $52K per year.

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Professional skills reported by Sheet Metal Mechanics are few in number. Most notably, skills in Welding, Blueprints, Manufacturing Fabrication, and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Metal Inert Gas Welding and Manufacturing Fabrication as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Employees educated in Blueprints are typically practiced in Welding, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Sheet Metal Mechanic

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $37K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $42K. For Sheet Metal Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $47K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $43K on average.

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Experience Affects Sheet Metal Mechanic Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Sheet Metal Mechanic Salaries

Welding
up arrow 8%

Blueprints
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 10%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Years of Experience

1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 32%
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