Sheet Metal Mechanic Salary

Male Sheet Metal Mechanics number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $21.24 per hour in the United States. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although roughly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession.

$25,760 - $74,102
$26K
$44K
$74K
MEDIAN: $43,865
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50%
90%

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$14.90 - $30.77
$15
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $21.24
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,760 - $74,102  
   
Bonus
$196.53 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,100  
Total Pay (?
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$31,363 - $70,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.90 - $30.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$21.59 - $46.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$196.53 - $5,000  
   
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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$31,363 - $70,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 432

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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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Sheet Metal Mechanics tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Sheet Metal Supervisor. The two jobs pay about the same on average. It is more probable, however, that Sheet Metal Mechanics become Sheet Metal Workers or Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics.

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Popular Skills for Sheet Metal Mechanic


Sheet Metal Mechanics who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Blueprints, Welding, Metal Inert Gas Welding, and Manufacturing Fabrication are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like HVAC System Design, Manufacturing Fabrication, and Metal Inert Gas Welding. It is often found that people who know Blueprints are also skilled in Welding and HVAC System Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Sheet Metal Mechanic

Pay by Experience for a Sheet Metal Mechanic has a positive trend. An entry-level Sheet Metal Mechanic with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 119 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sheet Metal Mechanic with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 130 salaries. An experienced Sheet Metal Mechanic which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 169 salaries. A Sheet Metal Mechanic with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 143 salaries.

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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 45 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects Sheet Metal Mechanic Salaries

▲14%

▲7%

National Average
$47,000

▼2%

▼23%

Skills That Affect Sheet Metal Mechanic Salaries

National Average
$47,000

▼1%

▼1%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
▼8%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 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
29%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 26%