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 $35,350, or about $17 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.
What's the Workplace Like?
Whether you're working in a retail store, a trade shop, or a manufacturing or design facility, most people would agree: A jeweler's workshop is a pretty great place to hang out.
- Jewelers spend a lot of time at a workbench, using different tools. They often enlarge their work using magnifying headpieces or microscopes.
- Computers are also becoming an increasingly important tool in the jewelry industry as computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) save time and resources.