Sheet metal workers

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Total Workforce

116k

Average Age

41.4

Average Salary

$47,303

Average Male Salary

$47,746

Average Female Salary

$39,578

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 Metalworking machinery manufacturing. Sheet metal workers are paid most in Wichita City (Northeast) PUMA, KS but are relatively concentrated in Middletown Town, Bear & Glasgow PUMA, DE.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$47,303

AVERAGE SALARY

± $2,440

In 2018, Sheet metal workers earned an average of $47,303, $6,585 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Agricultural and food science technicians make somewhat more than Sheet metal workers while Meeting, convention, & event planners 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

0.307

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Sheet metal workers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.307, 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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Industries by Share

116k

2018 Workforce

± 8,341

-4.21%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 10.5%

The number of people employed as Sheet metal workers has been declining at a rate of -4.21%, from 120,583 people in 2017 to 115,509 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Sheet metal workers employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Sheet metal workers at  41%, followed by Structural metals, & boiler, tank, & shipping container manufacturing  with 15.8% and Aircraft & parts manufacturing with 4.06%.

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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 41.2 and of female Sheet metal workers is 44.2, and the most common race/ethnicity for Sheet metal workers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

109k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 8,112

6.26k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 1,942

94.6% 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 (Non-Hispanic)

  2. White (Hispanic)

  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

70.3% of Sheet metal workers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 15% 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 Gender

41.2

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.01

44.2

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 3.77

The median age of Sheet metal workers is 41.4, and Male employees are generally 2.91 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 Visual & Performing Arts.

Majors

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

MOST COMMON MAJORS

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MOST SPECIALIZED 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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