Occupational Employment Statistics


47-2211 Sheet Metal Workers

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; or inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. Includes sheet metal duct installers who install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 13034$32.86/hr$19.75/hr$24.14/hr$32.50/hr$42.28/hr$47.76/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services130$16.99/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/A$43.74/hr
Public Administration20$30.37/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Southeast Minnesota N/A$30.68/hr8.4%
Rochester MN MSA N/A$28.11/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/A$29.26/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 40$28.87/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 40$22.07/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 90$19.33/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 90$34.79/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 130$32.50/hr8.2%
Southwest Minnesota 150$22.89/hr7.0%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 160$25.22/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 180$28.99/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 220$28.83/hr0.0%
St Cloud MN MSA 270$26.53/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 490$25.28/hr22.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,490$34.41/hr6.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,840$31.56/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,860$30.16/hr7.9%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -
Solar Photovoltaic Installers N/AN/AN/A
Carpenters 18,330$26.43/hr5.6%
Tile and Stone Setters 650$23.26/hr9.1%
Mechanical Door Repairers 540$20.01/hr9.7%
Boilermakers 40$35.56/hr1.9%
Machinists 10,980$24.58/hr5.5%
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters 3,040$20.49/hr3.1%
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 9,950$36.21/hr13.1%
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers N/AN/AN/A
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers 1,070$32.59/hr-0.1%

  • Fasten seams or joints together with welds, bolts, cement, rivets, solder, caulks, metal drive clips, or bonds to assemble components into products or to repair sheet metal items.
  • Fabricate ducts for high efficiency heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to maximize efficiency of systems.
  • Maintain equipment, making repairs or modifications when necessary.
  • Determine project requirements, such as scope, assembly sequences, or required methods or materials, using blueprints, drawings, or written or verbal instructions.
  • Select gauges or types of sheet metal or nonmetallic material, according to product specifications.
  • Determine project requirements, such as scope, assembly sequences, or required methods or materials, using blueprints, drawings, or written or verbal instructions.
  • Shape metal material over anvils, blocks, or other forms, using hand tools.
  • Transport prefabricated parts to construction sites for assembly and installation.
  • Trim, file, grind, deburr, buff, or smooth surfaces, seams, or joints of assembled parts, using hand tools or portable power tools.
  • Convert blueprints into shop drawings to be followed in the construction or assembly of sheet metal products.