Salary of a gunsmith

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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.

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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.

National Salaries

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.

State Salaries

<p>SimplyHired.com provides salary information for gunsmiths by state as of 2011. One of the highest annual salaries for gunsmiths was paid in Massachusetts, where the average was £40,300. The average income for gunsmiths in California was £37,050 per year and those in Illinois earned an average of £34,450 per year. Gunsmiths in Florida made £30,550 per year on average and gunsmiths in Texas had an average annual salary of £30,550 per year.

City Salaries

<p>SalaryExpert.com provides salary information for gunsmiths in major cities throughout the United States as of 2011. Gunsmiths in New York City earned an average annual salary of £31,569. The average income for gunsmiths in Boston was 46,447 per year, and the salaries for gunsmiths in Los Angeles averaged £29,541 per year. Chicago gunsmiths made £28,748 per year on average and those in Philadelphia averaged £28,346 per year.

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