Up here in Toronto, Canada the hourly rate for apprentices or
someone who is learning the setting task will run about $12.00 -
$15.00. If this person is qualified in setting stones, (not diamonds)
will run or demand $18.00 - $20.00++....Diamond setting hourly rate
could demand $20.00<-> $25.00, these numbers are only for folks who
are working in a factory-shop environment...retail store setting
rates will be for sure at a higher fee schedule...????
But here is the clincher, from these numbers stated...Income Tax is
removed, Canada Pension Plan is taken off...Unemployment Tax is also
removed. So you can see how low the take-home money can be! If he
is doing bead work, well that another ball of wax, the shop piece work
can really jump high..From $2.00 <-> $4.00 PER stone AND UP+!
Maybe you can avoid the low hourly rate by suggesting a few hours a
day on a "piece work" basis...These are just the "in-factory" rates,
again each factory or shop might differ with the experience of the
setter..."Gerry, the Cyber-Setter!"