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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Structural Iron and Steel Workers
Industry profile for Structural Iron and Steel Workers
Geographic profile for Structural Iron and Steel Workers

National estimates for Structural Iron and Steel Workers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Structural Iron and Steel Workers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
68,620 2.7 % $ 29.46 $ 61,270 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Structural Iron and Steel Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.60 $ 21.96 $ 28.15 $ 36.98 $ 47.11
Annual Wage (2) $ 36,610 $ 45,670 $ 58,550 $ 76,920 $ 98,000


Industry profile for Structural Iron and Steel Workers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Structural Iron and Steel Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 33,600 3.60 $ 30.67 $ 63,800
Nonresidential Building Construction 12,790 1.64 $ 27.74 $ 57,700
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 4,170 0.90 $ 24.35 $ 50,650
Building Equipment Contractors 3,390 0.15 $ 31.09 $ 64,660
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,450 0.34 $ 31.29 $ 65,070

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Structural Iron and Steel Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 33,600 3.60 $ 30.67 $ 63,800
Nonresidential Building Construction 12,790 1.64 $ 27.74 $ 57,700
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 4,170 0.90 $ 24.35 $ 50,650
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 440 0.57 (8) (8)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 620 0.51 $ 38.55 $ 80,180

Top paying industries for Structural Iron and Steel Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 460 0.01 $ 40.80 $ 84,860
Rail Transportation 100 0.05 $ 40.52 $ 84,280
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 620 0.51 $ 38.55 $ 80,180
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 50 (7) $ 33.64 $ 69,970
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,660 0.47 $ 32.87 $ 68,370


Geographic profile for Structural Iron and Steel Workers:

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



Map of employment of structural iron and steel workers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Structural Iron and Steel Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,850 0.48 0.98 $ 34.07 $ 70,870
Texas 7,240 0.59 1.22 $ 22.00 $ 45,760
New York 4,400 0.51 1.04 $ 43.41 $ 90,280
Florida 3,710 0.43 0.89 $ 22.78 $ 47,380
Ohio 3,320 0.64 1.31 $ 29.60 $ 61,570


Map of location quotient of structural iron and steel workers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Structural Iron and Steel Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 1,100 2.62 5.37 $ 21.63 $ 44,990
Nebraska 990 1.03 2.12 $ 24.43 $ 50,820
Wyoming 240 0.90 1.86 $ 28.66 $ 59,610
Indiana 2,690 0.90 1.85 $ 27.73 $ 57,680
Nevada 1,090 0.84 1.73 $ 26.93 $ 56,020


Map of annual mean wages of structural iron and steel workers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Structural Iron and Steel Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 1,570 0.41 0.84 $ 46.76 $ 97,270
New York 4,400 0.51 1.04 $ 43.41 $ 90,280
Massachusetts 960 0.28 0.58 $ 41.70 $ 86,740
Illinois 2,350 0.42 0.86 $ 40.84 $ 84,940
Washington 2,540 0.79 1.63 $ 40.36 $ 83,940



Map of employment of structural iron and steel workers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Structural Iron and Steel Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,200 0.48 0.99 $ 45.68 $ 95,020
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,430 0.43 0.87 $ 33.58 $ 69,850
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,400 0.83 1.70 $ 24.02 $ 49,950
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,010 0.48 0.98 $ 39.67 $ 82,510
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,580 0.82 1.69 $ 42.43 $ 88,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,400 0.48 0.98 $ 27.41 $ 57,010
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,340 0.88 1.80 $ 31.93 $ 66,410
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,290 0.61 1.25 $ 25.47 $ 52,980
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 1,070 0.60 1.22 $ 29.54 $ 61,430
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,000 0.41 0.83 $ 23.70 $ 49,290


Map of location quotient of structural iron and steel workers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Structural Iron and Steel Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rapid City, SD 280 4.18 8.58 $ 22.06 $ 45,890
Sioux Falls, SD 340 2.18 4.47 $ 22.90 $ 47,640
Lake Charles, LA 180 2.05 4.20 $ 28.29 $ 58,840
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 240 1.86 3.83 $ 36.59 $ 76,110
Akron, OH 490 1.60 3.28 $ 30.19 $ 62,800
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 130 1.59 3.26 $ 23.10 $ 48,040
Toledo, OH 440 1.57 3.22 $ 29.15 $ 60,640
Lima, OH 70 1.52 3.12 $ 29.47 $ 61,310
Bowling Green, KY 110 1.48 3.03 $ 24.45 $ 50,860
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 80 1.30 2.68 $ 35.61 $ 74,060


Map of annual mean wages of structural iron and steel workers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Structural Iron and Steel Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,200 0.48 0.99 $ 45.68 $ 95,020
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,580 0.82 1.69 $ 42.43 $ 88,250
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 790 0.30 0.63 $ 40.07 $ 83,340
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 420 0.23 0.48 $ 39.76 $ 82,700
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,010 0.48 0.98 $ 39.67 $ 82,510
Urban Honolulu, HI 190 0.49 1.00 $ 39.58 $ 82,330
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 850 0.38 0.78 $ 39.44 $ 82,030
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 230 0.21 0.43 $ 39.31 $ 81,760
Salem, OR 70 0.43 0.89 $ 38.44 $ 79,960
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 80 0.74 1.51 $ 38.16 $ 79,380

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Structural Iron and Steel Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 370 2.95 6.06 $ 20.50 $ 42,630
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 310 1.80 3.70 $ 28.57 $ 59,430
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 220 0.71 1.45 $ 29.54 $ 61,450
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 180 1.95 4.01 $ 27.07 $ 56,300
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 180 0.87 1.79 $ 24.47 $ 50,890

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Structural Iron and Steel Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 370 2.95 6.06 $ 20.50 $ 42,630
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 180 1.95 4.01 $ 27.07 $ 56,300
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 310 1.80 3.70 $ 28.57 $ 59,430
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 150 1.54 3.17 $ 24.79 $ 51,550
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 160 1.54 3.16 $ 23.14 $ 48,120

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Structural Iron and Steel Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 0.48 0.98 $ 40.66 $ 84,570
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.67 1.37 $ 36.40 $ 75,710
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 0.63 $ 32.71 $ 68,030
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.54 1.11 $ 30.31 $ 63,040
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 0.80 $ 29.58 $ 61,530


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