Sheet Metal Mechanic Salary

A sizeable majority of Sheet Metal Mechanics in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $19.58 per hour. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Sheet Metal Mechanics like their work and job satisfaction is high. Some workers in this field — close to one-third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by roughly one-half.

$34,531 - $72,985
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$73K
MEDIAN: $48,605
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$14.24 - $28.41
(Median)
$14
$20
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,531 - $72,985  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,216  
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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$30,530 - $64,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.24 - $28.41  
   
Overtime
$20.12 - $39.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,216  
   
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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$30,530 - $64,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 316
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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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Sheet Metal Mechanics who move on to become Sheet Metal Supervisors may enjoy significant pay raises, as Sheet Metal Supervisors get paid an average of $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. Most notably, skills in Welding, Blueprints, Manufacturing Fabrication, and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Metal Inert Gas Welding and Manufacturing Fabrication.

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 $37K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $44K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Sheet Metal Mechanics make a median salary of $48K. 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
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National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Sheet Metal Mechanic Salaries

Welding
up arrow 7%

Blueprints
up arrow 3%

National Average
$43,000

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 11%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

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

Years of Experience

1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 32%
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