Salary for Precious Metal Workers

Also known as:  Diamond Grader, Diamond Polisher, Diamond Setter, Facetor, Gem Cutter, Gemologist, Goldsmith, Jewelry Repairer, Jewelsmith, Lapidarist

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Precious metal workers shape, press and fabricate gold, silver, diamonds, gems and other precious metals to make jewelry and other products. This job is not dangerous, but it can be strenuous as workers are asked to stand or bend for long periods of time. Vocational schooling or an associate's degree may be necessary to be considered for this job. Most of the time, an employer will require up to two years of formal on-site job training as well.

A Precious Metal Worker usually receives a compensation on a scale from 24000 to 36000 based on levels of tenure. Precious Metal Workers can earn an average compensation of Thirty Eight Thousand Six Hundred dollars per year.

Precious Metal Workers receive the highest compensation in Connecticut, where they get pay of just about $53120. Employees with these job titles are paid at the highest average level in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they can earn average compensation of $41330.

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ANNUAL SALARY
HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 25.47 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Precious Metal Workers tend to make the most in the following industries
Retail Trade $41,330
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $40,300
Wholesale Trade $38,700
Management of Companies and Enterprises $38,460
Manufacturing $35,200
Other Services (except Public Administration) $34,600
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Finance and Insurance $32,480
Other Services (except Public Administration) $34,600
Manufacturing $35,200
Management of Companies and Enterprises $38,460
Wholesale Trade $38,700
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $40,300
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