Structural Iron Worker Salary

Male Structural Iron Workers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.98 per hour in the United States. Pay ranges from $13.35 per hour on the low end to $37.51 on the high end. Although a majority have medical coverage and approximately half have dental coverage, over a third claim no health benefits at all. Most Structural Iron Workers report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,201 - $129,128
(Median)
$30K
$51K
$130K
MEDIAN: $50,868
10%
50%
90%

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$13.35 - $37.51
(Median)
$13
$21
$38
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,201 - $129,128  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,750  
Total Pay (?
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$30,023 - $92,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$13.35 - $37.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.25  
Overtime
$19.68 - $55.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $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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$30,023 - $92,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 115
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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.

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Structural Iron Worker Tasks

  • Form completed structures or structural frameworks.
  • Erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings.
  • Raise, place and unite iron or steel girders and columns.

Common Career Paths for Structural Iron Worker


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Structural Iron Workers who transition into an upper level Ironworker position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Ironworker makes $53K a year.

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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $44K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $57K. Structural Iron Workers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $57K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Structural Iron Workers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $58K.

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Experience Affects Structural Iron Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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