Ironworker Salary

Ironworkers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $22.71 per hour. Earnings sit near $14.99 per hour on the lower side but can approach $35.70 on the higher side. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Work is enjoyable for Ironworkers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While over a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and slightly less than half have dental, as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,410 - $106,523

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$14.99 - $35.70

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,410 - $106,523  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,024  
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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$32,574 - $84,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.99 - $35.70  
   
Overtime
$21.86 - $53.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,024  
   
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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$32,574 - $84,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 279
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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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As Ironworkers make advancements to positions like Welder, salaries may go down sharply. Usually, Welders make $38K.

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Survey results show that Ironworkers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with IRONWORKER, rigging, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 17 percent, and 11 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Ironworker

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


For Ironworkers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $45K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $54K. Ironworkers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $60K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $62K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Ironworker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$54,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Ironworker Salaries

IRONWORKER
up arrow 29%

rigging
up arrow 17%

Blueprints
up arrow 11%

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: 64% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 35%
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