Occupational Employment Statistics


51-9071 Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

Design, fabricate, adjust, repair, or appraise jewelry, gold, silver, other precious metals, or gems. Includes diamond polishers and gem cutters, and persons who perform precision casting and modeling of molds, casting metal in molds, or setting precious and semi-precious stones for jewelry and related products.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 208$20.73/hr$10.19/hr$17.53/hr$20.64/hr$23.91/hr$30.28/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities150$21.15/hr
Other ServicesN/A$17.12/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Central Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/A$12.48/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 10$25.21/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 10$30.94/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 20$21.02/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 20$20.64/hr-12.2%
Rochester MN MSA 30$14.35/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 50$16.71/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 60$18.74/hrN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 170$18.69/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 170$18.35/hrN/A
Minnesota 260$18.70/hr3.4%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Sewers, Hand 20$13.84/hr1.2%
Watch Repairers N/AN/AN/A
Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers N/A$23.03/hrN/A

  • Smooth soldered joints and rough spots, using hand files and emery paper, and polish smoothed areas with polishing wheels or buffing wire.
  • Estimate wholesale and retail value of gems, following pricing guides, market fluctuations, and other relevant economic factors.
  • Examine gems during processing to ensure accuracy of angles and positions of cuts or bores, using magnifying glasses, loupes, or shadowgraphs.
  • Compute costs of labor and materials in order to determine production costs of products and articles.
  • Make repairs, such as enlarging or reducing ring sizes, soldering pieces of jewelry together, and replacing broken clasps and mountings.
  • Assign polish, symmetry, and clarity grades to stones, according to established grading systems.
  • Mark and drill holes in jewelry mountings in order to center stones according to design specifications.
  • Examine gemstone surfaces and internal structures to evaluate genuineness, quality, and value, using polariscopes, refractometers, and other optical instruments.
  • Plate articles such as jewelry pieces and watch dials, using silver, gold, nickel, or other metals.
  • Cut and file pieces of jewelry such as rings, brooches, bracelets, and lockets.