Electroplaters operate continuous plant to coat metal parts and articles electrolytically, form metal articles by electro- and vacuum-deposition, dip and spray articles with another metal, plastic powder or other material and treat articles chemically to produce desired surface finishes.


  • Removes article from solution and centrifuges, if necessary, to remove excess molten metal before cooling.
  • Immerses articles in plating solutions or sprays article until required thickness of coating has been deposited.
  • Sets machine, plant, or equipment controls to regulate electric current and temperature of molten zinc, tin, chromium, copper or other non-ferrous metal.
  • Fits appropriate nozzle on spray gun, loads spray gun with appropriate coating material and prepares electrolytic solutions.
  • Masks area not to be covered with wax, resistant adhesive tape or other material.
  • Cleans and rinses article or pre-shaped form to be coated.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 20% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for electroplater is £19,949

85 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 85. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for electroplater roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £19,949 per year. That is about £1,662 per month or £10.23 per hour. New workers generally start on £15,231, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £39,157

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 85 people are employed in the region.

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