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How will your gunsmithing education stack up?

Here is some information to help you compare your gunsmithing education with gunsmithing education around the nation. The US has 10 brick and mortar gunsmithing schools.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had gunsmithing programs were:

  1. Pennsylvania Gunsmith School - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  2. Colorado School of Trades - located in Denver, Colorado
  3. Trinidad State Junior College - located in Trinidad, Colorado

Student Demographics

In 2010, degrees in gunsmithing were earned by 238 students in the US. Of these students, 117 graduated from certificate programs in gunsmithing and 121 graduated from undergraduate programs in gunsmithing .


Students can pursue education in gunsmithing at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Gunsmithing
  • Certificate in Gunsmithing

During the course of their gunsmithing education, students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge:

  • Gun Polishing
  • Filing
  • Gun Repair
  • Hack Sawing
  • Firearm Assembly


The average tuition at gunsmithing schools around the nation was $2,781 per year in 2010. The highest tuition was charged by the following gunsmithing schools:

  1. Pine Technical College - located in Pine City, Minnesota, students paid $3,565
  2. Piedmont Technical College - located in Greenwood, South Carolina, students paid $3,440
  3. Trinidad State Junior College - located in Trinidad, Colorado, students paid $3,140

The lowest tuition was charged by the following gunsmithing schools:

  1. Yavapai College - located in Prescott, Arizona, students paid $1,392
  2. Piedmont Community College - located in Roxboro, North Carolina, students paid $1,549
  3. Montgomery Community College - located in Troy, North Carolina, students paid $1,665

How will your gunsmithing job compare?

Gunsmith is the profession of choice for a large number of gunsmithing graduates. According to the government, in 2010 the US had 24,150 gunsmiths. The following states have the largest number of gunsmiths:

  1. Ohio - 3,640 Gunsmiths
  2. California - 2,660 Gunsmiths
  3. Michigan - 1,730 Gunsmiths

Projected Growth

The number of gunsmiths is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Alabama - 14%
  2. North Carolina - 8%
  3. Texas - 7%


On average, a gunsmith earns a salary of $36,052 per year in the US. However, factors such as education, your previous performance reviews, or seniority can cause the salary for a gunsmith to vary greatly. A gunsmith in the US can earn anywhere from less than $16,210 per year to more than $106,010 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for a gunsmith:

  1. New York - $48,140 per year
  2. Pennsylvania - $45,420 per year
  3. Washington State - $45,410 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for gunsmiths are:

  1. Montana - $25,460 per year
  2. Nebraska - $26,820 per year
  3. Utah - $27,600 per year

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