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Sheet Metal Workers

Earnings

Sheet metal workers earned a median hourly wage of $21.99 in May 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This amounts to a yearly salary of $45,750. Overall, hourly earnings ranged from less than $25,760 a year to more than $83,230 a year. Earnings vary in different parts of the country and tend to be highest in industrialized urban areas. Earnings also vary by industry. For example, in May 2015, construction trade workers earned about $41,020 per year; whereas sheet metal workers employed in ventilation, heating, air-conditioning, and commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturing earned about $50,480 a year. Apprentices begin at about 40 to 50 percent of the rate paid to experienced workers and receive periodic pay increases throughout their training. Some workers who are union members are eligible for supplemental pay from their union during periods of unemployment or when they are working less than full time.

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