Engraver

Etch designs or lettering into metal, glass, or ceramics by laser or hand.

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Salary Range
$18,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Engravers do?

Engraving is an art, a craft, and a job. As an Engraver, it requires that you learn the craft and practice the art. Once you do, you’ll be able to create individualized memorabilia and gifts that customers will enjoy for a lifetime.

There are ample opportunities for work as an Engraver and many ways of doing the job, but Engravers typically specialize in one style. For example, you could work with jewelry or handle glassware. You might hand-etch each piece or use a computer-directed laser.

Whatever your specialty, people rely on you to take special care of the item and enhance it with your work. The result is one of the most personal items a person can own.

Customers commonly ask you to engrave plaques or trophies for sporting events or academic competitions, or maybe even an Oscar or an Olympic medal. Glassware, jewelry, stone, and wood are other common materials that you handle.

Personalized gifts are a special touch, so your shop is especially busy around graduation, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Christmas. Of course, birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, and weddings also top the list of engraved gift-giving occasions.

The work you do spells the difference between a nice locket and one that’s unique because it’s embellished with a wedding date; an ordinary set of wine glasses and one that’s special because it forever commemorates a special occasion; or the usual holiday ornament and one that’s distinctive because it’s a permanent record of baby’s first Christmas. Because of that, you take pride in your job, work at your craft, and cultivate the art.


Should I be an Engraver?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Computer Engraver, Decorative Engraver Apprentice, Die Engraver, Electronic Engraver Operator See More

    How to become an Engraver

    Engravers often have a Master's degree or higher. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:9uaaaa&chl=no+college+%2874%25%29|certificate+%2825%25%29|||master%27s+%281%25%29|&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,74,74
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