Men represent the vast majority of Structural Steel Workers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $19.20 per hour nationwide. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one-half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a little less than one-half and dental insurance is reported by around one in three. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,590 - $86,162
(Median)
$30K
$55K
$86K
MEDIAN: $55,000
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90%

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$12.88 - $30.44
(Median)
$13
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$29,590 - $86,162  
   
Bonus
$1,200  
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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$29,459 - $71,555  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.88 - $30.44  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25  
Overtime
$18.22 - $38.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$1,200  
   
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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$29,459 - $71,555  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 242
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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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There are some Structural Steel Workers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Ironworkers, where earnings are an average $53K annually.

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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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $38K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $46K. Structural Steel Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. Structural Steel Workers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $53K.

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Experience Affects Structural Iron / Steel Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Structural Iron / Steel Worker Salaries

Blueprints
up arrow 46%

Welding
up arrow 3%

National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
medical benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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