Male Ironworkers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $22.30 per hour in the United States. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. Most Ironworkers report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,631 - $87,511
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$40K
$59K
$88K
MEDIAN: $58,958
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$15.02 - $35.79
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$15
$22
$36
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$39,631 - $87,511  
   
Bonus
$408.51 - $19,574  
Profit Sharing
$7,200  
Total Pay (?
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$33,098 - $87,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.02 - $35.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.63  
Overtime
$21.64 - $54.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$408.51 - $19,574  
   
Profit Sharing
$7,200  
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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$33,098 - $87,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 425

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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 suggest that Ironworkers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Fluxed Core Arc Welding, rigging, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 10 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Connecting and Welder. Experience with rigging is often linked with knowledge of Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Ironworker

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $43K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $55K. For Ironworkers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $60K. 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 $64K.

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Experience Affects Ironworker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%



National Average
$53,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Ironworker Salaries

Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
up arrow 28%

rigging
up arrow 10%


Blueprints
up arrow 9%

rigger
up arrow 1%

Welding
0%

IRONWORKER
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National Average
$53,000

Welder
up arrow 4%

Connecting
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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