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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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)
71,490 3.0 % $ 28.20 $ 58,650 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Structural Iron and Steel Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 16.02 $ 19.71 $ 26.36 $ 35.48 $ 45.26
Annual Wage (2) $ 33,330 $ 40,990 $ 54,830 $ 73,800 $ 94,140


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 33,160 3.59 $ 29.14 $ 60,600
Nonresidential Building Construction 16,720 2.07 $ 26.39 $ 54,880
Building Equipment Contractors 4,150 0.19 $ 30.88 $ 64,220
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 2,590 0.55 $ 23.34 $ 48,550
Utility System Construction 2,470 0.44 $ 29.25 $ 60,830

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 33,160 3.59 $ 29.14 $ 60,600
Nonresidential Building Construction 16,720 2.07 $ 26.39 $ 54,880
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 2,590 0.55 $ 23.34 $ 48,550
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,900 0.53 $ 35.30 $ 73,430
Utility System Construction 2,470 0.44 $ 29.25 $ 60,830

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) 420 0.01 $ 39.32 $ 81,780
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 30 0.01 $ 38.27 $ 79,610
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,900 0.53 $ 35.30 $ 73,430
Rail Transportation 120 0.05 $ 34.19 $ 71,110
Building Finishing Contractors 1,210 0.15 $ 33.35 $ 69,370


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.





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)
Texas 8,400 0.69 1.35 $ 22.24 $ 46,250
California 8,330 0.51 0.99 $ 32.83 $ 68,280
New York 3,880 0.45 0.87 $ 39.33 $ 81,810
Florida 3,130 0.37 0.72 $ 21.24 $ 44,170
Ohio 2,850 0.56 1.08 $ 29.15 $ 60,620




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 960 2.32 4.52 $ 20.48 $ 42,600
Nebraska 1,690 1.79 3.49 $ 23.21 $ 48,280
Utah 1,650 1.11 2.16 $ 23.80 $ 49,510
Oklahoma 1,480 0.95 1.84 $ 20.78 $ 43,220
Idaho 590 0.82 1.60 $ 24.98 $ 51,950




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 1,430 0.38 0.73 $ 41.84 $ 87,030
Illinois 2,630 0.47 0.91 $ 40.44 $ 84,110
Washington 1,580 0.49 0.96 $ 40.39 $ 84,000
Massachusetts 1,360 0.41 0.79 $ 39.76 $ 82,700
Hawaii (8) (8) (8) $ 39.45 $ 82,060





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 3,640 0.41 0.80 $ 40.81 $ 84,880
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,040 1.02 1.99 $ 23.44 $ 48,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,200 0.38 0.73 $ 31.61 $ 65,750
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,190 0.50 0.98 $ 40.33 $ 83,900
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,650 1.11 2.16 $ 32.37 $ 67,330
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,540 0.73 1.42 $ 24.13 $ 50,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,440 0.48 0.93 $ 24.95 $ 51,890
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,390 0.52 1.00 $ 32.81 $ 68,250
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,270 0.49 0.95 $ 38.48 $ 80,050
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,240 2.63 5.11 $ 23.48 $ 48,850




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)
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 730 3.28 6.38 $ 32.63 $ 67,860
Rapid City, SD 210 3.24 6.30 $ 23.06 $ 47,970
Provo-Orem, UT 690 2.74 5.33 $ 22.09 $ 45,950
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,240 2.63 5.11 $ 23.48 $ 48,850
Toledo, OH 650 2.39 4.64 $ 29.63 $ 61,620
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 160 2.00 3.90 $ 22.84 $ 47,520
York-Hanover, PA 320 1.90 3.69 $ 26.32 $ 54,740
Appleton, WI 200 1.69 3.29 $ 33.11 $ 68,860
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 260 1.68 3.28 $ 24.08 $ 50,080
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 90 1.65 3.22 $ 28.26 $ 58,780




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)
Trenton, NJ 160 0.71 1.38 $ 43.92 $ 91,360
Rockford, IL (8) (8) (8) $ 43.35 $ 90,160
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 910 0.46 0.90 $ 43.15 $ 89,740
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,640 0.41 0.80 $ 40.81 $ 84,880
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,190 0.50 0.98 $ 40.33 $ 83,900
Peoria, IL 130 0.82 1.59 $ 39.67 $ 82,510
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 180 0.16 0.32 $ 39.01 $ 81,150
Urban Honolulu, HI (8) (8) (8) $ 38.86 $ 80,830
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,270 0.49 0.95 $ 38.48 $ 80,050
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 880 0.77 1.50 $ 38.47 $ 80,010

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 390 3.05 5.93 $ 18.17 $ 37,790
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 350 1.54 3.00 $ 19.02 $ 39,560
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 270 1.92 3.73 $ 21.27 $ 44,250
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 240 0.96 1.87 $ 18.42 $ 38,310
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 210 1.23 2.39 $ 26.87 $ 55,890

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 390 3.05 5.93 $ 18.17 $ 37,790
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 270 1.92 3.73 $ 21.27 $ 44,250
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 350 1.54 3.00 $ 19.02 $ 39,560
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 120 1.28 2.50 $ 20.53 $ 42,700
Northwest Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.26 2.46 $ 20.31 $ 42,240

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 130 1.07 2.08 $ 41.52 $ 86,360
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.46 $ 36.37 $ 75,640
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.71 1.38 $ 35.81 $ 74,480
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 0.48 $ 31.86 $ 66,260
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 31.82 $ 66,190


About May 2020 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.

(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 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021