Men represent the vast majority of Sheet Metal Mechanics in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $20.91 per hour nationwide. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and slightly more than half claim dental coverage as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,128 - $73,491
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$29K
$44K
$73K
MEDIAN: $44,179
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$14.95 - $30.39
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,128 - $73,491  
   
Bonus
$197.27 - $4,966  
Profit Sharing
$1,300  
Total Pay (?
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$31,702 - $69,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.95 - $30.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$21.59 - $44.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$197.27 - $4,966  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,300  
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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$31,702 - $69,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 434
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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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For Sheet Metal Mechanics, advancing into a Sheet Metal Supervisor role, for which the median salary is $52K, is not common but it does happen.

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Popular Skills for Sheet Metal Mechanic


Sheet Metal Mechanics report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Welding, Blueprints, Manufacturing Fabrication, and HVAC System Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Metal Inert Gas Welding as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. HVAC System Design and Manufacturing Fabrication also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Blueprints tend to be well versed in Welding and HVAC System Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Sheet Metal Mechanic

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


For many Sheet Metal Mechanics, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $38K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Sheet Metal Mechanics make a median salary of $51K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Sheet Metal Mechanic Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Sheet Metal Mechanic Salaries

Blueprints
0%

Welding
0%

National Average
$47,000


HVAC System Design
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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 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
30%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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