Well Vlynn01: Of course it is gonna matter where you live and the cost
of living there “we hope”. Jewelers circular keystone said that the
average pay for a bench jeweler last year was around $35,000 a year I
think. When you say mold maker I take it you mean carving
I wish I made $35,000 a year but sometimes the money don’t come till
later. I also live in one of the lowest cost of living areas there is.
I would suggest, if at all possible, to start video taping everything
you make. It is a great way to have record of your workmanship. I have
taken video of every custom job I have done for the last 2 years and
posted many of them to my free web site. As a jeweler it is hard to
prove your “starting pay” worth without some kinda proof.
If you get a commission type job then it is up to you how much you
Michael R. Mathews Sr.