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Sheet Metal Mechanic Salary

Sheet Metal Mechanics in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $19.48 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by just over two-fifths. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.
$30,410 - $82,851
(Median)
$30K
$49K
$83K
MEDIAN: $49,131
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90%

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$13.91 - $28.19
(Median)
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,410 - $82,851  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,237  
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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$29,634 - $64,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.91 - $28.19  
   
Overtime
$19.41 - $39.51  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,237  
   
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).
)
$29,634 - $64,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 262
United States (change)

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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Though not the most common occurrence, Sheet Metal Mechanics sometimes become Sheet Metal Supervisors, where the average income is $52K per year.

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Sheet Metal Mechanics who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Welding and Blueprints are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Sheet Metal Mechanic

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $42K. Sheet Metal Mechanics see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $44K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Sheet Metal Mechanic Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Sheet Metal Mechanic Salaries

Welding
up arrow 5%

Blueprints
0%

National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 31%