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Southwest Workforce Development Area (1Q 2017)
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Estimated employment240
Mean wage$24.49
Entry wage$16.39
10th percentile wage$15.46
50th percentile wage$24.06
90th percentile wage$35.88
Top Employing Industries
 IndustryEmployment / Percent
Top Paying Industries
 IndustryEmployment / Median Wage
Sheet Metal Workers (47-2211)
Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Work may involve any of the following: setting up and operating fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal; shaping metal over anvils, blocks, or forms using hammer; operating soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts; inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. Include sheet metal duct installers who install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes.
Median Wage History
Compared to
Occupational Group
Current$24.06 $26.74  -$2.68
2016$23.16+3.9%$25.74 +3.9%-$2.57
2015$22.78+1.7%$25.32 +1.7%-$2.53
2014$22.29+2.2%$24.77 +2.2%-$2.48
2013$21.95+1.5%$24.40 +1.5%-$2.44
2012$21.76+.9%$24.19 +.9%-$2.42
2011$21.45+1.5%$23.83 +1.5%-$2.38
2010$21.20+1.2%$23.56 +1.2%-$2.36
2009$20.97+1.1%$23.31 +1.1%-$2.33
2008$20.28+3.4%$22.54 +3.4%-$2.25
Compared to
All Occupations
Current$24.06 $23.83  $0.23
2016$23.16+3.9%$23.07 +3.3%$0.09
2015$22.78+1.7%$22.59 +2.1%$0.20
2014$22.29+2.2%$22.10 +2.2%$0.19
2013$21.95+1.5%$21.66 +2.1%$0.30
2012$21.76+.9%$21.29 +1.7%$0.48
2011$21.45+1.5%$20.95 +1.6%$0.49
2010$21.20+1.2%$20.60 +1.7%$0.60
2009$20.97+1.1%$20.32 +1.4%$0.66
2008$20.28+3.4%$19.80 +2.6%$0.48
Note: The mid-wage is the median wage. The average wage is the mean wage. The entry-level wage is equal to the average of the lower third of reported wages for the occupation. The wage range consists of the 10th and 90th percentiles; 80% of workers earn between this wage range, 10% earn less while 10% earn more.
Reference Date: 1st Quarter 2017
Top Areas For This Occupation
Best Pay
Median Wage / Employment
South Central $32.68140
North Central $27.82430
Northwest $24.95160
Southwest $24.06240
Eastern $21.92190
Highest Employment
Median Wage / Employment
North Central $27.82430
Southwest $24.06240
Eastern $21.92190
Northwest $24.95160
South Central $32.68140
Wages in other areas
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