Ironworker Salary

Men account for the majority of Ironworkers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $22.95 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $15.07 per hour and $36.29. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one in three lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and approximately half have dental, too. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,410 - $106,523
(Median)
$30K
$61K
$110K
MEDIAN: $61,041
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90%

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$15.07 - $36.29
(Median)
$15
$23
$36
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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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


Survey results imply that Ironworkers put a diverse skill set to use. 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include IRONWORKER and Welder. Aptitude in rigging tends to also indicate an understanding of Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Ironworker

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


For Ironworkers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $44K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $55K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $61K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $63K.

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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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