Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
69,440 2.6 % $26.94 $56,040 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.63 $17.93 $24.91 $34.24 $44.15
Annual Wage (2) $30,440 $37,290 $51,800 $71,220 $91,830


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 34,170 4.04 $27.63 $57,470
Nonresidential Building Construction 14,400 1.90 $25.31 $52,640
Building Equipment Contractors 3,180 0.16 $26.67 $55,460
Utility System Construction 2,530 0.52 $26.03 $54,140
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,390 0.37 $27.89 $58,000

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 34,170 4.04 $27.63 $57,470
Nonresidential Building Construction 14,400 1.90 $25.31 $52,640
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 2,250 0.61 $24.84 $51,660
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,750 0.53 $31.42 $65,340
Utility System Construction 2,530 0.52 $26.03 $54,140

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 330 0.01 $38.15 $79,350
Rail Transportation 90 0.04 $36.08 $75,050
Building Finishing Contractors 1,430 0.19 $34.46 $71,680
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,750 0.53 $31.42 $65,340
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers 80 0.04 $29.97 $62,350


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 7,230 0.62 1.24 $20.58 $42,820
California 6,590 0.41 0.83 $30.08 $62,560
New York 5,720 0.63 1.27 $41.29 $85,890
Florida 4,390 0.53 1.08 $20.05 $41,710
Ohio 3,190 0.60 1.21 $27.93 $58,100




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 750 1.80 3.63 $19.88 $41,360
Louisiana 2,870 1.49 3.02 $24.71 $51,400
Utah 1,680 1.22 2.48 $20.65 $42,950
Nebraska 1,020 1.06 2.13 $19.60 $40,770
Arkansas 930 0.78 1.57 $21.05 $43,770




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 1,100 0.28 0.56 $42.25 $87,880
Illinois 2,790 0.47 0.95 $41.66 $86,640
New York 5,720 0.63 1.27 $41.29 $85,890
Washington 1,270 0.41 0.84 $35.56 $73,960
Hawaii 170 0.27 0.55 $34.75 $72,280





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 3,590 0.54 1.10 $39.02 $81,170
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,160 1.08 2.17 $20.19 $42,000
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,830 0.50 1.02 $43.95 $91,430
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,290 0.67 1.35 $20.73 $43,110
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,290 1.00 2.03 $53.40 $111,080
Baton Rouge, LA 1,250 3.16 6.40 $27.30 $56,780
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,180 0.62 1.25 $34.88 $72,550
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,140 0.84 1.69 $33.23 $69,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 940 0.22 0.45 $33.11 $68,870
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 890 0.35 0.71 $18.58 $38,650




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)
Lake Charles, LA 420 4.09 8.26 $23.82 $49,550
Baton Rouge, LA 1,250 3.16 6.40 $27.30 $56,780
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 200 2.32 4.69 $21.72 $45,170
Canton-Massillon, OH 350 2.08 4.21 $26.04 $54,160
Appleton, WI 250 2.00 4.05 $28.86 $60,040
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 510 1.91 3.87 $33.30 $69,270
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 240 1.86 3.76 $28.83 $59,970
Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division 120 1.78 3.59 $37.30 $77,580
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 430 1.77 3.58 $19.36 $40,280
Idaho Falls, ID 100 1.61 3.26 $25.14 $52,300