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What Can a Jeweler Earn?

According to the Occupational Information Network, the median wage for a bench worker in the United States is $22.66 hourly, $47,140 annually. Ranges vary across states, from an average of $62,380 in Washington State to $31,080 in South Dakota.

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.