Ironworker Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Ironworkers earn an average of $22.71 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $14.92 per hour and $36.08. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. While over a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and slightly less than one-half have dental, as well. Most Ironworkers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,201 - $107,276
(Median)
$30K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,795
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90%

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$14.92 - $36.08
(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
$30,201 - $107,276  
   
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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$32,289 - $85,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.92 - $36.08  
   
Overtime
$21.73 - $56.51  
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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$32,289 - $85,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 281
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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. Most notably, facility with IRONWORKER, rigging, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 16 percent, and 7 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Ironworker

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $45K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $54K. Ironworkers bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. Ironworkers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $62K on average.

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Experience Affects Ironworker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Ironworker Salaries

IRONWORKER
up arrow 29%

rigging
up arrow 16%

Blueprints
up arrow 7%

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: 65% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 35%
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