Ironworker Salary

Men make up the majority of Ironworkers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $22.33 per hour. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$25,760 - $106,833
$26K
$61K
$110K
MEDIAN: $60,505
10%
50%
90%

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$15.43 - $36.42
$15
$22
$36
MEDIAN: $22.49
10%
50%
90%

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$0$106K
Salary $25,760 - $106,833
Bonus $412.17 - $9,696
Profit Sharing $2,700
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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$34,157 - $89,308
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 33
Hourly Data $0$51
Hourly Rate $15.43 - $36.42
Hourly Tips $4.19
Overtime $21.20 - $51.46
Annual Data $0$89K
Bonus $412.17 - $9,696
Profit Sharing $2,700
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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$34,157 - $89,308
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 455

Job Description for Ironworker

Ironworkers are responsible for laying and fabricating the structural steel framework of pre-engineered metal buildings, stadiums, bridges, hospitals, towers, and single- and multi-story buildings, and also weld and cut steel, interpret blueprints, and work with concrete reinforcing steel bars. They are highly-skilled tradesmen/women who possess high technical and manual skills; most go through an apprenticeship program in addition to graduating from a trade school.

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Ironworker 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 Ironworker


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Ironworkers' salaries may sharply decline when they move into higher-end positions like Welder. The typical income for a Welder is $39K.

Ironworker Job Listings

Popular Skills for Ironworker


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Blueprints, rigging, Fluxed Core Arc Welding, and Shielded Metal Arc Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 16 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Arc Welding and Welder. Many workers who know rigging also know Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Ironworker

Pay by Experience for an Ironworker has a positive trend. An entry-level Ironworker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 225 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Ironworker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 132 salaries. An experienced Ironworker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 145 salaries. An Ironworker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 77 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,721

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Ironworkers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 90 percent. Ironworkers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+45 percent), Seattle (+42 percent), Florida (+32 percent), and Pittsburgh (+29 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Las Vegas and Los Angeles (19 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Ironworker

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%

Experience Affects Ironworker Salaries

▲22%

▲13%

▲11%

National Average
$54,000

▼20%

Skills That Affect Ironworker Salaries

Blueprints
▲15%

rigging
▲12%

Fluxed Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
▲8%


▲1%

IRONWORKER
▼0%

Connecting
▼0%

National Average
$54,000

rigger
▼1%

Welder
▼6%

Arc Welding
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 31%