Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
74,420 2.7 % $27.37 $56,940 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.03 $18.51 $25.30 $34.81 $44.38
Annual Wage (2) $31,260 $38,500 $52,610 $72,410 $92,310


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 34,900 3.97 $28.35 $58,980
Nonresidential Building Construction 15,960 2.04 $26.12 $54,330
Building Equipment Contractors 4,120 0.20 $27.63 $57,470
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 3,130 0.68 $26.78 $55,700
Utility System Construction 2,780 0.55 $26.45 $55,010

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 34,900 3.97 $28.35 $58,980
Nonresidential Building Construction 15,960 2.04 $26.12 $54,330
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 3,130 0.68 $26.78 $55,700
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,230 0.66 $28.11 $58,470
Utility System Construction 2,780 0.55 $26.45 $55,010

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 430 0.01 $37.67 $78,360
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $32.12 $66,800
Building Finishing Contractors 1,530 0.19 $29.54 $61,440
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 540 0.48 $29.06 $60,440
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 34,900 3.97 $28.35 $58,980


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)
California 8,710 0.52 1.00 $30.49 $63,410
Texas 8,680 0.73 1.40 $21.03 $43,740
New York 6,240 0.68 1.30 $42.25 $87,870
Florida 3,850 0.46 0.88 $20.54 $42,720
Ohio 3,720 0.69 1.33 $28.22 $58,690




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)
South Dakota 870 2.08 3.98 $19.10 $39,720
Louisiana 2,760 1.45 2.78 $24.92 $51,830
Utah 1,580 1.12 2.15 $21.61 $44,960
Nebraska 920 0.95 1.82 $21.04 $43,760
Texas 8,680 0.73 1.40 $21.03 $43,740




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 6,240 0.68 1.30 $42.25 $87,870
Illinois 2,730 0.46 0.88 $41.70 $86,740
New Jersey 1,300 0.32 0.62 $38.77 $80,650
Hawaii 190 0.30 0.57 $36.26 $75,430
Washington 1,440 0.45 0.87 $34.71 $72,200



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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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,510 0.67 1.29 $42.34 $88,060
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,060 1.05 2.00 $21.17 $44,040
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,790 0.49 0.94 $43.14 $89,730
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,510 0.77 1.47 $22.99 $47,820
Baton Rouge, LA 1,350 3.44 6.60 $26.56 $55,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.30 0.58 $30.84 $64,150
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,220 0.85 1.63 $33.26 $69,190
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.93 1.78 $48.07 $99,990
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,130 0.79 1.51 $33.40 $69,470
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,110 0.42 0.81 $19.06 $39,650


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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)
Baton Rouge, LA 1,350 3.44 6.60 $26.56 $55,250
Odessa, TX 220 3.28 6.28 $27.40 $56,980
Canton-Massillon, OH 380 2.28 4.37 $26.46 $55,040
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 300 2.24 4.28 $29.74 $61,860
Rapid City, SD 140 2.20 4.21 $20.25 $42,110
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 510 1.92 3.67 $33.50 $69,670
Appleton, WI 240 1.90 3.65 $29.12 $60,570
Grand Island, NE 60 1.64 3.14 $18.06 $37,560
Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA NECTA Division 90 1.53 2.92 $37.11 $77,180
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 360 1.53 2.94 $29.97 $62,330


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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 County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.93 1.78 $48.07 $99,990
Kankakee, IL 30 0.72 1.38 $43.92 $91,350
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,790 0.49 0.94 $43.14 $89,730
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,510 0.67 1.29 $42.34 $88,060
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 380 0.72 1.38 $42.09 $87,540
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 160 0.39 0.74 $41.19 $85,670
Rockford, IL 120 0.83 1.59 $39.67 $82,520
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 560 0.34 0.65 $39.32 $81,790
Peoria, IL 60 0.34 0.65 $38.25 $79,560
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $37.65 $78,320

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)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 370 2.81 5.37 $16.18 $33,640
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 260 1.73 3.31 $22.18 $46,130
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 210 1.09 2.10 $21.72 $45,180
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.74 1.42 $22.65 $47,110
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 190 1.80 3.45 $16.24 $33,790

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)
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area 100 3.05 5.84 $21.48 $44,690
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 370 2.81 5.37 $16.18 $33,640
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 140 2.30 4.41 $23.84 $49,580
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 190 1.80 3.45 $16.24 $33,790
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 260 1.73 3.31 $22.18 $46,130

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)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 120 1.35 2.59 $34.19 $71,120
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.17 $64,840
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.46 $59,210
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.71 $57,630
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 100 0.59 1.13 $27.69 $57,590


About May 2017 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018