Structural Iron / Steel Worker Salary

Male Structural Steel Workers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $18.56 per hour in the United States. Earnings generally vary between $12.76 per hour and $30.73. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Structural Steel Workers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. More than two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a little more than half report medical coverage and nearly two in five claim dental coverage as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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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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90%

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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

  • 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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Many Structural Steel Workers move into an Ironworker role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income 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.


Structural Steel Workers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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 bring in $46K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $47K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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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