Silverware Artisans and Workers

Silverware Artisan Hammers Out a Bowl

Silverware artisans include designers and artists, as well as silversmiths or precious-metal workers, who are skilled workers and repairers of silver and a variety of other metals, including gold and platinum. Silverware workers manufacture metal utensils used at the table for holding, serving, and handling food and drink, such as platters, pitchers, forks, and spoons.

The creation and manufacturing of silverware falls under a number of other areas as well, such as industrial design, metalworking, commercial art and design, and machine operation. Approximately 28,050 people are employed in the U.S. silverware manufacturing industry. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Annealers, Finishing Machine Operators, Flatware Designers, Flatware Makers, Flatware Press Operators, Hammersmiths, Hollow Handle Bench Workers, Polishing Machine Operators, Precious-Metal Workers, Profile-Saw Operators, Profile Trimmers, Silversmiths, Solderers
Duties Design, repair, and manufacture silverware
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) A concentration of silverware manufacturing plants is located on the East Coast, especially in New England
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Drawing/Design
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor/Manager or Lead Designer
  • Silversmith, or Designer, or Die Maker
  • Experienced Silverware Worker
  • Buffer, Trimmer, Edger, Assembler, or Apprentice