Jewelers of America does a business survey every year.
“Average” wage for a jeweler is $38,000, give or take. AS low as
about $25,000 and as high as $60,000.
I’ve seen people with “basic” skills (can repair MOST things, can
assemble a casted items and head, not a great channel or bead setter)
get paid about $12-$15 an hour.
Carve some wax? $18 and hour.
Darn good at what you do, typical is $20-$25 an hour. Across the
USA. California “typically” pays 20% more than the rest of the
I’ve seen small towns pay $45,000-$55,000 as they can’t get
Last year I had my store in Atlanta (1999) I paid 100% commission to
my jewelers. W-2’s that year were (Approx)
Hope that helps you.
P.S. I never said it was great wages to live on. Most retail store
owners don’t understand money. Just what goes OUT.