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sgthooah04 02-25-2014 09:13 PM

Gunsmith wages
 
Starting another topic that I hope will be made into a sticky.
I'v read alot of the threads that cover this topic but most of them were lacking alot of solid info. They mostly seamed.to be "gunsmith don't make much" or you just got out of the school and your wanting to make top dollar? You crazy" not the sort of responses I'm looking for.
What I'm looking for is what are the starting wages a new graduate could expect to make. Either from a well know manufacturer, a custom shop or even a sporting goods shop. A decent hourly rate that a new gunsmith could expect would be what?
just looking for realistic expextations because I know this question crop up from time to time. If someone wants to give a estimate of what a good Smith might make down the road say 5 or 10 years that would be awsome as well.

Thanks for the help

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mountainman13 02-25-2014 09:36 PM

It tends not be an hourly pay situation. Expect to keep your day job. You get work, you get paid. If you're a good Smith you'll make money. If not you won't. It takes time to build a customer base. It's basically like tattooing. You get an apprenticeship and hang around the shop. Occasionally you have customers come in. If you do good work customers come back and word spreads and eventually you're busy and making money. If you suck you run out of customers and work fast. Average rate for a tattoo artist is about $100 per hour per appointment. A good Smith can make the same.
It also depends on licensing. If you are licensed as a manufacturer you can do Very well. When you don't have work you can build guns.
It is virtually impossible to answer your question.

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danf_fl 02-25-2014 10:30 PM

The Dept of Labor Wage determination for a gunsmith is $13.78 for beginner to $18.49 for a master (an hour on a service contract) in my area.
Add $3.59 per hour for health and welfare.

Compare to an Automobile Body Repairer, Fiberglass at $21.33, or Automotive Glass Installer at $19.43, or a Personal Computer Support Tech at $19.86.

So "gunsmith don't make much".

mountainman13 02-25-2014 10:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by danf_fl (Post 1516363)
The Dept of Labor Wage determination for a gunsmith is $13.78 for beginner to $18.49 for a master (an hour on a service contract) in my area.
Add $3.59 per hour for health and welfare.

Compare to an Automobile Body Repairer, Fiberglass at $21.33, or Automotive Glass Installer at $19.43, or a Personal Computer Support Tech at $19.86.

So "gunsmith don't make much".

Never thought to try looking it up like that. Interesting albeit kinda useless.

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Beezer 02-25-2014 11:33 PM

I have no way to vouch for the accuracy of this site, but it should give you a good idea of what to expect in terms of salary, based on your location.

hiwall 02-25-2014 11:44 PM

I haven't worked as a gunsmith since 1990. When I quit (after 15 years) I was actually making a fair living. I worked from home but two fair sized gun shops in the area that sent all their work to me plus what I got locally. I never advertised after the first couple years when I started. It was a very slow start. I was friends with the owner of one of the gun shops and the other shop found out I did the first shop's work and that was how I got theirs. I made alot more money after I quit gunsmithing.

mountainman13 02-25-2014 11:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Beezer (Post 1516429)
I have no way to vouch for the accuracy of this site, but it should give you a good idea of what to expect in terms of salary, based on your location.

Considering I was the only gunsmith in the area I feel relatively confident saying there is No gunsmith in leominster making $37.5k/year on average.

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CardiacColt68 02-26-2014 01:05 AM

That's because other than you there are only about 6 guns in Mass. 😁


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mountainman13 02-26-2014 01:06 AM

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Originally Posted by CardiacColt68 (Post 1516548)
That's because other than you there are only about 6 guns in Mass. 😁


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Lol. I'd be amazed if there were 6 gunsmiths honestly.

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CardiacColt68 02-26-2014 02:36 AM

I've got some in law folks in Mass and I'd swear they are Martians. WTF happened to that State? People think weird there. But I know some freedom loving, gun wielding people up in NH. So maybe there is hope with some cross border pollination.


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