I am a recruiter in the jewelry industry and wanted to respond to
your post. CAD/CAM is definitely now beginning to get the attention
of the industry, and I'm seeing more and more employers interested
in employees with that experience or the passion to learn. I
currently have two positions where CAD/CAM is preferred and both are
in the mid to upper $50's in base compensation. I truly see that
inching up in the near future.
To your second concern, bench jewelers with +/- 7 years solid bench
experience are definitely in demand. I have several positions in
various parts of the country and they range in the $36K to $50K
bracket, depending on skill sets and quality of work.
I hope this helps you, and please feel free to contact me with any
employment questions. I would be happy to be of help.
Vic Davis & Associates, Inc.