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Sheet Metal Mechanic Salary

Male Sheet Metal Mechanics number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $19.47 per hour in the United States. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Some workers in this field — roughly a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by a little less than half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$33,621 - $82,212
(Median)
$34K
$46K
$82K
MEDIAN: $46,100
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90%

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$14.06 - $28.30
(Median)
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$33,621 - $82,212  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,034  
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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$30,183 - $64,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.06 - $28.30  
   
Overtime
$19.65 - $39.35  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,034  
   
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).
)
$30,183 - $64,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 290

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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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Sheet Metal Mechanics who move on to become Sheet Metal Supervisors may enjoy significant pay raises, as Sheet Metal Supervisors get paid an average of $52K per year.

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Sheet Metal Mechanics who responded to the survey report just a handful of 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. Experience with Blueprints is often linked with knowledge of Welding.

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 $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Sheet Metal Mechanics make a median salary of $47K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $43K.

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Experience Affects Sheet Metal Mechanic Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Sheet Metal Mechanic Salaries

Welding
up arrow 8%

Blueprints
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 10%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 32%