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.

$36,719 - $101,367
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MEDIAN: $70,000
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$13.76 - $36.05
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$36,719 - $101,367  
   
Bonus
$1,100  
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$30,762 - $87,414  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.76 - $36.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.97  
Overtime
$20.92 - $51.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,100  
   
Total Pay (?
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$30,762 - $87,414  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 150

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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

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Structural Iron Worker


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Structural Iron Workers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Ironworker. Median pay for Ironworkers is $53K.

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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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Key Stats for Structural Iron Worker

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Structural Iron Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Structural Iron Worker Salaries

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
up arrow 22%

National Average
$51,000

up arrow 3%

Welder
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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