What Can a Jeweler Earn?

The last government survey, conducted in 2012 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, pegged median annual wage for jewelers and precious stone and metal workers at $37,960, or about $18.25 an hour. The highest 10 percent earned almost $62,000.

However, an older survey of bench jewelers, conducted by region and by skill level, found that bench jewelers working in the very expensive Northeastern United States were earning more than $100,000.

In the current job market, with an increase in the trend toward customized jewelry and the planned retirement of many Baby Boomers, salaries are increasing. Jewelers in the field tell us that’s because demand for jewelry makers is outstripping supply.

The bottom line? Bench salaries vary according to what region of the country you’re in, as well as your skill level. An entry-level bench jeweler should not expect what a master makes, but with hard work, increasing skill, and the continuous on-the-job learning most bench jewelers receive, you can expect your salary to rise.

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An Initiative of the MJSA Education Foundation

The BEaJEWELER™ initiative is sponsored by MJSA, the trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design.
This initiative was originally developed in partnership with the New Approach School for Jewelers in Arrington, Tennessee

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