What Are the Salary Ranges for Jewelers?

by Rick Suttle

Fashionable people would not have all the jewelry choices available in stores and specialty shops without jewelers. They examine and grade diamonds and shape the metals and other material that hold gems and diamonds in rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Jewelers also grind and smooth surfaces of gems and diamonds, polish these surfaces, and adjust ring sizes for people. If you want to become a jeweler, you will need to complete six months to a year of training. In return, you can expect a decent salary.

Salary Ranges

Jewelers earned average annual salaries of $38,200 as of May 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The middle half made between $25,580 and $46,080 per year. If you were among the top 10 percent in salaries, you would earn over $61,820 annually. Salaries for jewelers are usually contingent on experience, geographic location and the size of their employers.

Salary by Industry

A jeweler's salary can also vary somewhat by industry. They earned some of the highest annual salaries of $41,800 working for jewelry stores, according to the BLS. As a jeweler, you would also earn relatively high salaries working for electronic shipping and mail order houses at $38,150 per year. Those employed in the specialized design services industry earned somewhat less, $32,850 per year.

Salary by State

Jewelers' salaries also vary significantly by state. They earned the highest annual salaries of $55,240 in Connecticut, according to the BLS. Your salary would also be relatively high in Minnesota and New Jersey at $47,360 and $46,110 per year, respectively. Jewelers salaries in California and Rhode Island were closer to the national average for jewelers -- $38,130 and $36,640 per year, respectively. And you would earn salaries of $34,300 and $32,020 per year. respectively, in Florida and Texas.

Job Outlook

Jobs for jewelers are expected to decline 5 percent between 2010 and 2020, according to the BLS, which compares to the 14 percent average growth rate for all occupations. Many jeweler jobs have been outsourced to foreign countries, where labor is significantly cheaper than in the United States. Traditional jewelers will also lose business to department stores, which also can hurt jewelers' employment.

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