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Drum Shell Maker Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$40,843 (USD)

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Last updated: May 22, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Drum Shell Maker is $40,843 a year and $20 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Drum Shell Maker is between $30,872 and $49,113. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in Chicago, Illinois.

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Job Summary

  • Repairs percussion instruments, such as drums, cymbals, and xylophones: removes drum tension rod screws and rods by hand or using drum key.
  • Lifts rim hoop from drum shell and cuts drumhead from hoop.
  • Cuts new drumhead from animal skin, using scissors.
  • Soaks skin in water until it becomes pliable.
  • Stretches skin over rim hoop and tucks it around and under hoop, using hand tucking tool.
  • Reclamps rim hoop onto drum shell to allow drumhead to dry and become taut.
  • Cuts out section around break in drum shells, and cuts new piece to fit, using power saw and handtools.
  • Glues and clamps new piece in place.
  • Removes dents in tympani, using steel-hitting block.
  • Operates drill press or hand power drill to drill hole at inside end of crack in cymbal, gong, or similar instruments to prevent advance of crack, and cuts out section around crack, using shears or grinding wheel.
  • Repairs bass drum and tympani foot mechanisms, and replaces percussion instrument hardware, such as tension rods and rim hoops, and xylophone and marimba bars and wheels as needed, using handtools.
  • Performs other duties, such as sanding, painting, and cleaning drum shells, and regluing simulated pearl onto shells.
  • May solder or weld frames of mallet instruments and metal drum parts.
  • May lay out and shape laminated wood, and apply decorative trim to fabricate drum shells, using handtools, machine tools, blueprints, and shop drawings, and be designated drum-shell maker.
Drum Shell Maker Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners

Job family population: 8,240

Estimated population of Drum Shell Maker jobs: 388

Rate of error: 7.2%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %


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Description: Chicago ( (listen), locally also ), officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,716,450 (2017), it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, and the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States. The metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States. Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated...

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