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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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southwest Minnesota         

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities90$25.06/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/A-5.3%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota 10$19.24/hr-6.1%
St Cloud MN MSA 10$28.63/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 10$19.24/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 20$24.75/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 30$22.40/hr0.0%
Southeast Minnesota 30$18.94/hr0.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 150$24.14/hr0.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 150$24.00/hrN/A
Minnesota 230$20.94/hr0.2%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -
Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers 360$19.68/hrN/A
Sewers, Hand 30$15.42/hr-12.3%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians 860$19.49/hr14.5%

  • Smooth soldered joints and rough spots, using hand files and emery paper, and polish smoothed areas with polishing wheels or buffing wire.
  • Hold stones, gems, dies, or styluses against rotating plates, wheels, saws, or slitters to cut, shape, slit, grind, or polish them.
  • 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.
  • Secure gems or diamonds in holders, chucks, dops, lapidary sticks, or blocks for cutting, polishing, grinding, drilling, or shaping.
  • Make repairs, such as enlarging or reducing ring sizes, soldering pieces of jewelry together, and replacing broken clasps and mountings.
  • Compute costs of labor and materials in order to determine production costs of products and articles.
  • Assign polish, symmetry, and clarity grades to stones, according to established grading systems.
  • Select shaping wheels for tasks, and mix and apply abrasives, bort, or polishing compounds.
  • Plate articles such as jewelry pieces and watch dials, using silver, gold, nickel, or other metals.