Structural Iron / Steel Worker Salary

Men make up the majority of Structural Steel Workers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $18.56 per hour. Compensation ranges between $12.76 per hour and $30.73. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but a little over a half have medical insurance, and roughly two-fifths have dental, too. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,517 - $96,958
(Median)
$30K
$49K
$97K
MEDIAN: $48,812
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$12.76 - $30.73
(Median)
$13
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$29,517 - $96,958  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
Profit Sharing
$3,750  
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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$28,697 - $74,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.76 - $30.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$16.00 - $40.06  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,750  
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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$28,697 - $74,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 253
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Job Description for Structural Iron / Steel Worker

Structural iron/steel workers are responsible for handling, positioning, and installing steel structures, which also involves carrying heavy equipment and iron pieces. They generally work on teams with other workers to assemble steel pillars and other shapes to form structures according to architectural plans and must always follow strict safety guidelines to prevent accidents on the job.

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Structural Iron / Steel Worker Tasks

  • Move steel beams, girders, or columns to the appropriate locations safely and securely.
  • Read specifications and blueprints to determine work locations and timing.
  • Position and place steel members, and attach them to the correct locations by riveting, welding or bolting.
  • Fabricate, alter or weld metal pieces to the desired shape and size.

Common Career Paths for Structural Iron / Steel Worker


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Structural Steel Workers who move on to become Ironworkers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Ironworkers get paid an average of $53K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Structural Iron / Steel Worker

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $37K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $44K. Structural Steel Workers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $47K.

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Experience Affects Structural Iron / Steel Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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