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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

47-2171 Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers

Position and secure steel bars or mesh in concrete forms in order to reinforce concrete. Use a variety of fasteners, rod-bending machines, blowtorches, and hand tools. Includes rod busters.


National estimates for Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
Industry profile for Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
Geographic profile for Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers

National estimates for Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
16,420 7.1 % $ 28.35 $ 58,960 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.75 $ 21.73 $ 23.48 $ 35.33 $ 46.94
Annual Wage (2) $ 36,930 $ 45,190 $ 48,830 $ 73,490 $ 97,630


Industry profile for Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 11,590 1.24 $ 29.12 $ 60,570
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,130 0.15 $ 26.36 $ 54,820
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 490 0.14 $ 35.39 $ 73,620
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 480 0.07 $ 33.07 $ 68,780
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 460 0.12 $ 16.09 $ 33,460

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 11,590 1.24 $ 29.12 $ 60,570
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,130 0.15 $ 26.36 $ 54,820
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 490 0.14 $ 35.39 $ 73,620
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 460 0.12 $ 16.09 $ 33,460
Utility System Construction 420 0.08 $ 35.46 $ 73,760

Top paying industries for Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utility System Construction 420 0.08 $ 35.46 $ 73,760
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 490 0.14 $ 35.39 $ 73,620
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 480 0.07 $ 33.07 $ 68,780
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 11,590 1.24 $ 29.12 $ 60,570
Building Equipment Contractors 40 (7) $ 28.73 $ 59,750


Geographic profile for Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers:

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



Map of employment of reinforcing iron and rebar workers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 4,200 0.34 2.95 $ 22.17 $ 46,100
California 2,430 0.15 1.26 $ 32.44 $ 67,480
New York 1,430 0.17 1.42 $ 35.38 $ 73,600
Tennessee 930 0.31 2.67 $ 21.63 $ 44,990
Virginia 730 0.19 1.67 $ 23.70 $ 49,300


Map of location quotient of reinforcing iron and rebar workers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 4,200 0.34 2.95 $ 22.17 $ 46,100
Tennessee 930 0.31 2.67 $ 21.63 $ 44,990
District of Columbia 170 0.25 2.17 $ 28.31 $ 58,880
Maryland 620 0.25 2.11 $ 28.89 $ 60,100
Virginia 730 0.19 1.67 $ 23.70 $ 49,300


Map of annual mean wages of reinforcing iron and rebar workers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 610 0.11 0.92 $ 45.71 $ 95,070
Massachusetts (8) (8) (8) $ 43.76 $ 91,010
Pennsylvania 380 0.07 0.59 $ 43.68 $ 90,860
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $ 37.59 $ 78,190
New York 1,430 0.17 1.42 $ 35.38 $ 73,600



Map of employment of reinforcing iron and rebar workers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,700 0.59 5.03 $ 22.87 $ 47,570
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,270 0.35 3.04 $ 22.27 $ 46,330
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,250 0.14 1.24 $ 36.25 $ 75,410
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 710 0.24 2.09 $ 27.30 $ 56,790
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 610 0.11 0.92 $ 31.95 $ 66,450
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 480 0.11 0.98 $ 46.64 $ 97,000
Austin-Round Rock, TX 410 0.38 3.29 $ 22.75 $ 47,320
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 300 0.24 2.08 $ 29.07 $ 60,460
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 300 0.13 1.14 $ 32.22 $ 67,020
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 260 0.26 2.22 $ 19.64 $ 40,850


Map of location quotient of reinforcing iron and rebar workers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,700 0.59 5.03 $ 22.87 $ 47,570
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 60 0.43 3.69 $ 26.28 $ 54,660
Baton Rouge, LA 140 0.39 3.35 (8) (8)
Austin-Round Rock, TX 410 0.38 3.29 $ 22.75 $ 47,320
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,270 0.35 3.04 $ 22.27 $ 46,330
Knoxville, TN 120 0.32 2.73 $ 19.91 $ 41,420
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 80 0.32 2.72 $ 21.01 $ 43,690
Corpus Christi, TX 50 0.29 2.52 $ 23.29 $ 48,430
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 40 0.27 2.28 $ 23.17 $ 48,200
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 260 0.26 2.22 $ 19.64 $ 40,850


Map of annual mean wages of reinforcing iron and rebar workers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 480 0.11 0.98 $ 46.64 $ 97,000
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH (8) (8) (8) $ 42.48 $ 88,350
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $ 36.27 $ 75,440
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,250 0.14 1.24 $ 36.25 $ 75,410
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 40 0.05 0.45 $ 36.11 $ 75,100
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $ 33.63 $ 69,950
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 33.17 $ 69,000
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 300 0.13 1.14 $ 32.22 $ 67,020
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 610 0.11 0.92 $ 31.95 $ 66,450
Reno, NV (8) (8) (8) $ 31.43 $ 65,380

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.17 1.46 $ 20.28 $ 42,190
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 1.55 $ 21.51 $ 44,750
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 1.74 $ 28.50 $ 59,280

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 1.74 $ 28.50 $ 59,280
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 1.55 $ 21.51 $ 44,750
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.17 1.46 $ 20.28 $ 42,190

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 1.74 $ 28.50 $ 59,280
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 1.55 $ 21.51 $ 44,750
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.17 1.46 $ 20.28 $ 42,190


About May 2021 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022