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Ironworker Salary (United States)

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Ironworkers earn an average of $24.41 per hour. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Ironworker Salary (?
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$29,087 - $126,948
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MEDIAN: $76,682
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Ironworker Salary (?
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$14.44 - $38.97
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$29,087 - $126,948  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
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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$31,202 - $88,805  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$14.44 - $38.97  
   
Overtime
$20.38 - $60.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
   
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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$31,202 - $88,805  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 224
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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.

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Ironworkers note just a narrow range of job skills. Rigging and Welding are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 18 percent and 7 percent respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Ironworker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Ironworkers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $45K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $53K. Ironworkers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $60K. 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 $64K. Ironworkers with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years.

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Experience Affects Ironworker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%
Experienced
up arrow 7%
National Average
$57,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 7%
Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Ironworker Salaries

rigging
up arrow 18%
up arrow 7%
Blueprints
up arrow 2%
National Average
$57,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 35%