Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Beginning workers can expect to earn $45K starting out, which grows to $53K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $60K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Ironworkers earning an average of $64K per year. Ironworkers with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—more than 20 years.