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 $19.70 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction for Sheet Metal Mechanics is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by half.

$34,765 - $72,483
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$72K
MEDIAN: $48,935
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90%

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$14.28 - $28.78
(Median)
$14
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,765 - $72,483  
   
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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$30,569 - $65,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.28 - $28.78  
   
Overtime
$20.21 - $40.19  
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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$30,569 - $65,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 321
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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 advance their careers by becoming Sheet Metal Supervisors, who report a slightly higher median income of $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. Metal Inert Gas Welding and Manufacturing Fabrication as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks.

Pay by Experience Level for Sheet Metal Mechanic

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $37K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $44K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $49K in this role. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $45K on average.

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Experience Affects Sheet Metal Mechanic Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Sheet Metal Mechanic Salaries

Welding
up arrow 7%

Blueprints
up arrow 4%

National Average
$43,000

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 12%

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
30%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 33%
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