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 16038$31.92/hr$15.62/hr$19.93/hr$32.41/hr$43.54/hr$48.03/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services110$25.51/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration10$31.13/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A$22.48/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 60$27.68/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 90N/AN/A
Southeast Minnesota 90$28.89/hr8.4%
Southwest Minnesota 90$20.66/hr7.0%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 100$21.13/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 130$31.29/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 140$30.84/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 160$32.41/hr8.2%
Northeast Minnesota 170$30.87/hr0.0%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 170$25.21/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 200$21.30/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 380$20.58/hr22.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,600$42.01/hr6.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,890$39.57/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,550$35.49/hr7.9%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -
Solar Photovoltaic Installers N/AN/AN/A
Carpenters 17,110$24.66/hr5.6%
Tile and Marble Setters 720$23.54/hr9.1%
Mechanical Door Repairers 440$22.68/hr9.7%
Boilermakers 30$31.49/hrN/A
Machinists 12,870$24.34/hr5.5%
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters 3,120$19.99/hr3.1%
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 8,700$35.86/hr13.1%
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers N/AN/A-13.2%
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers 1,000$30.26/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.