Sheet metal workers

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
122k
Average Age
41.5
Estimated Job Growth
1.31%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$48,643
Average Male Salary
$49,413
Average Female Salary
$35,360

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Sheet metal workers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Construction is the industry that employs the most Sheet metal workers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Sheet metal workers, by average wage, is Support activities for mining. Sheet metal workers are paid most in Vancouver City (West & Central) PUMA, WA but are relatively concentrated in Midwest, Del & Oklahoma City (Northeast) Cities PUMA, OK.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$48,643
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,272

In 2020, Sheet metal workers earned an average of $48,643, $7,311 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Rehabilitation counselors make somewhat more than Sheet metal workers while Child, family, and school social workers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Sheet metal workers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.302
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Sheet metal workers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.302, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Sheet metal workers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Sheet metal workers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Sheet metal workers.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Sheet metal workers, by average wage, are Support activities for mining, Labor unions, and Bus service & urban transit.

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Industries by Share

122k
2020 Workforce
± 8,558
−0.642%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 10%

The number of people employed as Sheet metal workers has been declining at a rate of −0.642%, from 122,389 people in 2019 to 121,603 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Sheet metal workers employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Sheet metal workers at  42.6%, followed by Structural metals, & boiler, tank, & shipping container manufacturing  with 14.6% and Aircraft & parts manufacturing with 4.29%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Sheet metal workers in the US. The average age of male Sheet metal workers in the workforce is 41.3 and of female Sheet metal workers is 45.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Sheet metal workers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

115k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 8,321
6.66k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,003

94.5% of Sheet metal workers are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Sheet metal workers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Sheet metal workers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

70.4% of Sheet metal workers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 10.5% of Sheet metal workers, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Sheet metal workers.

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Age by Sex

41.3
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.959
45.4
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 4.11

The median age of Sheet metal workers is 41.5, and Male employees are generally 4.1 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Sheet metal workers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Sheet metal workers is Business but a relatively high number of Sheet metal workers hold a major in Engineering Technologies.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Sheet metal workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sheet metal workers need many skills, but most especially Mathematics, Coordination, and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Sheet metal workers need more than the average amount of Installation, Equipment Maintenance, and Repairing.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Sheet Metal Workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Sheet Metal Workers are expected to see a growth of 1.31% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

1.31%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Sheet Metal Workers. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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