Ironworker Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Ironworkers earn an average of $23.00 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $14.87 per hour, and the top verges on $36.36. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although a majority have medical coverage and just over two-fifths have dental coverage, over a third claim no health benefits at all. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,361 - $110,299
(Median)
$29K
$65K
$110K
MEDIAN: $65,358
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$14.87 - $36.36
(Median)
$15
$23
$36
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$29,361 - $110,299  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,983  
Total Pay (?
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$32,053 - $85,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.87 - $36.36  
   
Overtime
$21.43 - $58.12  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,983  
   
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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$32,053 - $85,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 259

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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 $38K.

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Survey takers who work as Ironworkers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with rigging, Blueprints, and Welding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 7 percent, and 4 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Ironworker

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $44K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $53K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $59K. Ironworkers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $62K.

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Experience Affects Ironworker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$54,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Ironworker Salaries

rigging
up arrow 24%

Blueprints
up arrow 7%

Welding
up arrow 4%

National Average
$54,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 36%