Sheet metal workers

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Total Workforce

121k

Average Age

41.2

Estimated Job Growth

8.64%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$45,591

Average Male Salary

$45,796

Average Female Salary

$40,543

About

Sheet metal workers are most often employed by the Construction industry. The average yearly wage for Sheet metal workers was $45,591 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Sheet metal workers by wage are Firstline supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, & groundskeeping workers, Firstline supervisors of housekeeping & janitorial workers, and Engine & other machine assemblers.

Sheet metal workers are part of the Construction & Extraction Occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of construction trades & extraction workers, Boilermakers, Carpenters, Carpet, floor, & tile installers & finishers, Cement masons, concrete finishers, & terrazzo workers, Construction laborers, Paving, surfacing, & tamping equipment operators, Construction equipment operators except paving, surfacing, & tamping equipment operators, Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, & tapers, Electricians, Glaziers, Insulation workers, Painters & paperhangers, Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters, Plasterers & stucco masons, Roofers, Sheet metal workers, Structural iron & steel workers, Brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, & reinforcing iron & rebar workers, Helpers, construction trades, Construction & building inspectors, Elevator installers & repairers, Fence erectors, Hazardous materials removal workers, Highway maintenance workers, Railtrack laying & maintenance equipment operators, Earth drillers, except oil & gas, Explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, & blasters, Mining machine operators, Miscellaneous extraction workers, including roof bolters & helpers, Derrick, rotary drill, & service unit operators, & roustabouts, oil, gas, & mining, and Miscellaneous construction workers, including solar photovoltaic installers, septic tank servicers & sewer pipe cleaners

The top 3 locations that employ the most Sheet metal workers are Wichita (South) & Derby Cities PUMA, KS and Dothan City PUMA, AL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Sheet metal workers are Wichita (South) & Derby Cities PUMA, KS and Dothan City PUMA, AL.

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 Labor unions. Sheet metal workers are paid most in Wichita City (Northeast) PUMA, KS but are relatively concentrated in Wichita (South) & Derby Cities PUMA, KS.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$45,591

AVERAGE SALARY

± $2,005

In 2017, Sheet metal workers earned an average of $45,591, $6,474 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Firstline supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, & groundskeeping workers make somewhat more than Sheet metal workers while Firstline supervisors of housekeeping & janitorial 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

0.292

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Sheet metal workers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.292, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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

Most Common

The most common industries employing Sheet metal workers, by number of employees, are Construction, Structural metals, & boiler, tank, & shipping container manufacturing , and Aircraft & parts manufacturing.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Sheet metal workers, by average wage, are Labor unions, Rail transportation, and National security & international affairs.

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Industries by Share

121k

2017 Workforce

± 8,522

7.53%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 9.47%

The number of people employed as Sheet metal workers has been growing at a rate of 7.53%, from 112,142 people in 2016 to 120,583 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Sheet metal workers employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Sheet metal workers at  40%, followed by Structural metals, & boiler, tank, & shipping container manufacturing  with 15.8% and Aircraft & parts manufacturing with 5.16%.

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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 41.1 and of female Sheet metal workers is 44.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Sheet metal workers is White.

Gender Composition

116k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 8,354

4.71k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 1,685

96.1% of Sheet metal workers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Sheet metal workers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Sheet metal workers

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

83.8% of Sheet metal workers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.37% of Sheet metal workers, Black 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 Gender

41.1

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.912

44.8

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 4.64

The median age of Sheet metal workers is 41.2, and Male employees are generally 3.74 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 Visual & Performing Arts but a relatively high number of Sheet metal workers hold a major in Visual & Performing Arts.

Majors

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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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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Sheet metal workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Sheet metal workers are expected to see a growth of 8.64% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

8.64%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Sheet metal workers. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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