California, Florida, Texas, New York and Washington are the states that employ the most glaziers according to May 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) data, released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics earlier this year.

While California employees the most glaziers with 6,470 employed last year, its hourly mean wage of $29.25 ($60,840 annually) is lower than New York and Washington, where glaziers earn an hourly mean wage of $31.37 ($65,260 annually) and $32.19 ($66,960 annually), respectively. New York ranks fourth on list of states with the highest employment level, with 2,850 glaziers and Washington ranks fifth with 2,200 glaziers. Texas employed 5,300 glaziers last year, making it second in the rankings, but glaziers in the state had the lowest hourly mean wage of the top five employers at $17.26 ($35,900 annually).

New Jersey is the state with the highest hourly and annual mean wages, at $35.15 and $73,110, respectfully. Illinois is second with an hourly mean wage of $32.96 and an annual mean wage of $68,550 in May 2019. Washington, Hawaii and New York round out the top five.

Metropolitan areas with the highest glazier employment level are New York-Newark-Jersey City (3,100), Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (1,900), Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach (1,800), Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (1,610) and Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria (1,570). Seattle, Phoenix, Chicago, San Francisco and Houston complete the top ten metropolitan areas with the highest glazier employment level.

The Top Paying Metropolitan Areas for Glaziers
Metropolitan AreaAnnual Mean Wage
Olympia-Tumwater, Wash.$77,040
St. Louis$76,550
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington$75,120
Urban Honolulu, Hawaii$74,460
Syracuse, N.Y.$72,860
Source: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics

The top paying non-metropolitan areas include Central East New York ($82,620), Southeast Minnesota ($70,100) and Hawaii/Kauai ($52,430).

Nationally, 39,640 glaziers were employed in 2019. The national median hourly wage for the occupation was $22.28 with a mean hourly wage of $24.84. The annual mean wage was $51,670, according to the OES data. Structural iron and steel workers earn more nationally with a median hourly wage of $27.45, a mean hourly wage of $29.53 and an annual mean wage of $61,410. However, only 44,170 structural iron and steel workers were employed nationally last year.

The states that employed the fewest glaziers last year (between 30 and 270) include Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska, Hawaii, West Virginia, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Delaware.