Job Market

In 2007, sheet metal workers earned $2.50 cents an hour more than the average earned in other occupations. The rate for sheet metal workers who are union members is even higher. The hourly rate for a journeyperson is about $46, including benefits.

Job prospects are fair. Employment depends to a large degree on construction, which is expected to grow. The need to install energy-efficient air-conditioning, heating, and ventilation systems in old buildings should boost employment. Opportunities should be good for individuals who acquire apprenticeship training.

Some general characteristics (2004) for sheet metal workers:

Work full-time 95%
Self employed 8%
Work for an employer 91%
Have a usual place of work 70
Work at a variety of locations 28%
Are female 4%






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