Structural Iron Worker Salary
Male Structural Iron Workers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.61 per hour in the United States. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and roughly one-half receive dental plans. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Structural Iron Worker
Structural iron workers are responsible for creating structures, often for buildings, out of iron; in addition to developing buildings, they commonly work on teams which build bridges, as well. These workers are responsible for the creation and successful installation of iron girders and columns, as well as repairing old buildings and structures which may be dangerous to the public if not repaired. They also operate heavy machinery to move iron beams, poles, and girders to desired locations. It is essential that they have in-depth understanding of reading blueprints, as well.Read More...
Structural iron workers generally work outdoors while constructing different fixtures and buildings. A high school diploma may be a minimum requirement for the position, and experience with welding or familiarity with blueprints will greatly increase employment opportunities. Many facilities require that structural iron workers have completed a four-year apprenticeship under an experienced worker or group of workers. During this apprenticeship, they should gain at least 144 hours of training and a considerable amount of time in paid work to learn how to operate the machinery and understand blueprints and all other basic necessities of the position.
Structural Iron Worker Tasks
- Raise, place and unite iron or steel girders and columns.
- Erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings.
- Form completed structures or structural frameworks.
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Pay by Experience Level for Structural Iron Worker
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Structural Iron Workers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $45K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $45K. On average, Structural Iron Workers make $58K following one to two decades on the job. Structural Iron Workers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $68K.
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