Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

47-2221 Structural Iron and Steel Workers

Raise, place, and unite iron or steel girders, columns, and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. May erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings. Excludes "Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers" (47-2171).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
57,070 2.7 % $24.40 $50,740 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.97 $16.38 $22.18 $31.50 $40.37
Annual Wage (2) $26,970 $34,060 $46,140 $65,510 $83,970


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 25,120 3.65 $25.30 $52,630
Nonresidential Building Construction 13,080 2.00 $22.53 $46,870
Building Equipment Contractors 2,770 0.17 $25.05 $52,110
Utility System Construction 2,750 0.66 $24.49 $50,940
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,600 0.86 $31.83 $66,200

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 25,120 3.65 $25.30 $52,630
Nonresidential Building Construction 13,080 2.00 $22.53 $46,870
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,600 0.86 $31.83 $66,200
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 740 0.73 $20.80 $43,260
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 2,290 0.68 $25.17 $52,350

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 240 (7) $34.93 $72,650
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,600 0.86 $31.83 $66,200
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 30 (7) $28.74 $59,780
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 60 0.01 $26.95 $56,050
Rail Transportation 60 0.03 $26.28 $54,670


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 8,130 0.77 1.75 $19.06 $39,640
California 4,290 0.30 0.69 $29.08 $60,490
New York 4,080 0.48 1.09 $37.90 $78,830
Illinois 3,090 0.55 1.25 $34.93 $72,650
Florida 2,580 0.36 0.81 $17.48 $36,350




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 1,970 1.06 2.41 $16.64 $34,620
South Dakota 370 0.92 2.09 $17.79 $37,010
North Dakota 360 0.90 2.05 $18.36 $38,180
Utah 990 0.83 1.89 $20.68 $43,010
Texas 8,130 0.77 1.75 $19.06 $39,640




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 4,080 0.48 1.09 $37.90 $78,830
New Jersey 1,780 0.47 1.07 $35.39 $73,610
Illinois 3,090 0.55 1.25 $34.93 $72,650
Hawaii 140 0.25 0.56 $31.90 $66,350
Montana (8) (8) (8) $31.70 $65,940





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,130 1.19 2.71 $19.29 $40,130
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,170 0.60 1.36 $35.38 $73,590
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,020 0.39 0.90 $40.36 $83,940
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 950 0.42 0.96 $20.70 $43,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 920 0.24 0.54 $24.71 $51,390
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 920 0.39 0.90 $21.79 $45,330
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 850 0.97 2.21 $17.41 $36,210
St. Louis, MO-IL 840 0.66 1.50 $24.76 $51,510
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 790 5.02 11.45 $26.86 $55,870
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 770 0.94 2.14 $31.21 $64,920




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 790 5.02 11.45 $26.86 $55,870
Pascagoula, MS 210 4.05 9.24 $21.61 $44,950
Corpus Christi, TX 660 3.61 8.25 $20.18 $41,980
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 250 2.71 6.18 $17.39 $36,180
Rockford, IL 320 2.29 5.22 $39.73 $82,640
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 290 2.17 4.96 $22.48 $46,760
Odessa, TX 130 1.94 4.42 $20.68 $43,010
Baton Rouge, LA 690 1.91 4.36 $17.18 $35,740
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 240 1.79 4.08 $34.28 $71,300
Harrisonburg, VA 90 1.63 3.73 $15.98 $33,240




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 590 0.48 1.10 $46.24 $96,180
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 120 0.57 1.31 $41.60 $86,520
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,020 0.39 0.90 $40.36 $83,940
Rockford, IL 320 2.29 5.22 $39.73 $82,640
Bend, OR 30 0.54 1.24 $39.52 $82,200
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.75 $80,600
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,170 0.60 1.36 $35.38 $73,590
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 420 0.37 0.83 $35.11 $73,030
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 240 1.79 4.08 $34.28 $71,300
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 370 0.22 0.50 $33.90 $70,520

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 220 1.08 2.46 $17.90 $37,230
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 180 1.59 3.62 $17.23 $35,830
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 1.45 3.32 $16.26 $33,820
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 180 1.42 3.24 $17.84 $37,110
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 170 0.96 2.18 $15.95 $33,170

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 180 1.59 3.62 $17.23 $35,830
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 1.45 3.32 $16.26 $33,820
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 180 1.42 3.24 $17.84 $37,110
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 120 1.24 2.83 $15.68 $32,620
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 120 1.20 2.74 $20.09 $41,780

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.33 0.76 $37.07 $77,110
Central New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.56 $69,810
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 130 0.58 1.33 $30.70 $63,850
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.09 $60,510
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.37 $59,010


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013