Sheet Metal Mechanic Salary

Men account for the majority of Sheet Metal Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.08 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Although the larger part have medical coverage and roughly one-half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.

$40,258 - $82,843
(Median)
$40K
$50K
$83K
MEDIAN: $50,346
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50%
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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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Many Sheet Metal Mechanics transition into upper-level Sheet Metal Supervisor positions. Sheet Metal Supervisors earn a median of $52K per year.

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Sheet Metal Mechanics usually report a few specific 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.


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 $43K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. 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.

Sheet Metal Mechanic Advice

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Sheet Metal Mechanic in York:
"Pick your company wisely."
When choosing a job position in this industry it is very important to research the company you are planning to work for because the job conditions and work sites you go to can be very varied greatly affecting your job satisfaction, promotions and pay.

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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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