The median annual wage for jewelers and precious stone and metal workers was $35,170 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $19,460, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $61,380.
Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers have varied work schedules. Self-employed workers often decide their own hours; many work weekends, showing and selling their products at trade and craft shows. Retail store workers might also work nonstandard hours because they must be available when consumers are not working, such as on holidays and weekends. Jewelers who work in retail stores may earn a commission for jewelry sold.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition