Ironworker Salary

Male Ironworkers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $22.95 per hour in the United States. The bottom of the pay range sits near $15.07 per hour, and the top verges on $36.29. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one-third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by one-half. Most Ironworkers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,410 - $106,523
(Median)
$30K
$61K
$110K
MEDIAN: $61,041
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$15.07 - $36.29
(Median)
$15
$23
$36
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,410 - $106,523  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,530  
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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$33,042 - $86,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.07 - $36.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.69  
Overtime
$21.81 - $56.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,530  
   
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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$33,042 - $86,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 371
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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 who move into a Welder role may often bring in a much lower salary. On average, Welders earn $39K.

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Popular Skills for Ironworker


Ironworkers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Shielded Metal Arc Welding, rigging, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 18 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like IRONWORKER and Welder. It is not unusual for someone who knows rigging to be familiar with Welding as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Ironworker

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


Ironworkers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $44K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $55K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $61K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $63K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Ironworker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 12%


National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Ironworker Salaries

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
up arrow 28%

rigging
up arrow 18%

Blueprints
up arrow 12%

Welding
up arrow 1%

rigger
0%

National Average
$54,000

Welder
up arrow 5%

IRONWORKER
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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