Ironworker Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Ironworkers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $22.69 per hour nationwide. Pay ranges from $14.92 per hour on the low end to $35.86 on the high end. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Ironworkers is high. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and slightly less than half have dental, as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,000 - $108,000
(Median)
$30K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $70,716
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$14.92 - $35.86
(Median)
$15
$23
$36
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,000 - $108,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,990  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,275 - $84,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.92 - $35.86  
   
Overtime
$21.69 - $56.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,990  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,275 - $84,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 281
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Job Description for Ironworker

Ironworkers are responsible for laying and fabricating the structural steel framework of pre-engineered metal buildings, stadiums, bridges, hospitals, towers, and single- and multi-story buildings, and also weld and cut steel, interpret blueprints, and work with concrete reinforcing steel bars. They are highly-skilled tradesmen/women who possess high technical and manual skills; most go through an apprenticeship program in addition to graduating from a trade school.

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Ironworker Tasks

  • Form completed structures or structural frameworks.
  • Erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings.
  • Raise, place and unite iron or steel girders and columns.

Common Career Paths for Ironworker


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Ironworkers may experience a considerable drop in salary when they transition into an upper level Welder position, where pay tends to be around $38K.

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Ironworkers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with IRONWORKER, rigging, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 16 percent, and 7 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Ironworker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $44K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $54K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $59K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $62K.

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Experience Affects Ironworker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Ironworker Salaries

IRONWORKER
up arrow 30%

rigging
up arrow 16%

Blueprints
up arrow 7%

Welding
up arrow 3%

rigger
up arrow 1%

National Average
$54,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 35%
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