Information About Jewelers And Precious Stone And Metal Workers

What is this career like?

The typical day for a jeweler was always somewhat similar, but also new and different each day. It brought some stability of going into a shop every day, but the jewelry that we bought/sold changed constantly. Just like fashion styles go in and out of style, so too does jewelry. Staying up-to-date on fashion trends can literally make or break a jewelry shop, so its always the responsibility of a jeweler to see what is going on in the fashion world. This was always very exciting to me, to have the stability of a nice "9-5" job, but to have the changes that come over time in the industry.Overall, being a jeweler is a very fulfilling experience. You help people find beauty in the artwork of jewelry, and using that art to make themselves beautiful. It really is a great industry for those who are passionate about it.

Training

Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers need postsecondary vocational award.

Degrees for Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers
Training for Jewelers And Precious Stone And Metal Workers
Percent
Less than High School 19.3
High School 30.9
Some College 24.9
Associates Degree 7.5
Bachelors Degree 13.1
Masters Degree 3.4
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.9

Employment

Represents about 52,000 people in the United States- 53.6% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 2,000 more jewelers and precious stone and metal workers but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 13,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, jewelers and precious stone and metal workers make $18.37 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers $9.22 $12.30 $16.30 $22.10 $29.70
Production occupations $8.95 $10.90 $14.70 $20.00 $26.80
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, jewelers and precious stone and metal workers make $38,200 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers $19,170 $25,580 $34,030 $46,080 $61,820
Production occupations $18,620 $22,860 $30,670 $41,740 $55,910
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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