Male Structural Steel Workers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $19.57 per hour in the United States. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although about one-half have medical coverage and more than a third have dental coverage, more than two-fifths claim no health benefits at all. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,000 - $98,264
$30K
$55K
$98K
MEDIAN: $55,000
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50%
90%

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$12.96 - $30.88
$13
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $19.57
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$30,000 - $98,264  
   
Bonus
$1,350  
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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$29,773 - $75,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.96 - $30.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25  
Overtime
$18.15 - $41.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$1,350  
   
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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$29,773 - $75,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 236

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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

  • 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.
  • Move steel beams, girders, or columns to the appropriate locations safely and securely.
  • Read specifications and blueprints to determine work locations and timing.

Common Career Paths for Structural Iron / Steel Worker


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Structural Steel Workers do not often transition into Ironworker roles. The role averages $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 $38K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $47K. Structural Steel Workers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $47K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $53K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Key Stats for Structural Iron / Steel Worker

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
038
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Structural Iron / Steel Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Structural Iron / Steel Worker Salaries

Blueprints
up arrow 43%

up arrow 3%

National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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