Gunsmiths make and repair firearms according to a customer's specifications, usually specialising in a particular type of gun. The typical training path for a gunsmith includes a one-year certification program followed by an apprenticeship lasting at least four years. Gunsmiths typically find work as salaried employees with firearms dealers, sporting goods stores and shooting ranges.
Training and Advancement
Formal training and experience are the primary factors that determine a gunsmith's salary. Gunsmiths with additional training in subjects like ammunition, ballistics and metalworking have the best opportunities for advancement. The Association of Gunsmiths and Related Trades offers a formal apprenticeship program in addition to the informal programs available with qualified gunsmiths. Some vocational colleges and trade schools also offer a associate's degree program that typically includes a practical course in gunsmithing under the supervision of a qualified instructor.
CBsalary provided national salary information for all gunsmiths in the United States. The average annual salary for gunsmiths in 2011 was £31,724. The lowest 25 per cent of workers in this occupation earned an average of £24,878. The upper 25 per cent of gunsmiths earned an average annual salary of £43,678.
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