Sheet Metal Mechanic Salary

Men make up the majority of Sheet Metal Mechanics in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $20.08 per hour. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Sheet Metal Mechanics, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and nearly one-half have dental, too.

$40,258 - $82,843
(Median)
$40K
$50K
$83K
MEDIAN: $50,346
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50%
90%

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$14.43 - $29.59
(Median)
$14
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,258 - $82,843  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,226  
Profit Sharing
$600  
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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$30,846 - $67,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.43 - $29.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$20.69 - $42.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,226  
   
Profit Sharing
$600  
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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$30,846 - $67,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 400
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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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Although some Sheet Metal Mechanics become Sheet Metal Supervisor, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $52K.

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Survey results show that Sheet Metal Mechanics typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Welding, Blueprints, Manufacturing Fabrication, and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing HVAC System Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Metal Inert Gas Welding and Manufacturing Fabrication also typically command lower compensation.

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 $43K. Sheet Metal Mechanics who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $50K. Sheet Metal Mechanics who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Sheet Metal Mechanic Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Sheet Metal Mechanic Salaries

Welding
up arrow 6%

Blueprints
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 15%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 21%

HVAC System Design
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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