Salary for Structural Iron and Steel Workers

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Also known as:  Bridge Ironworker, Construction Ironworker, Iron Guardrail Installer, Metal Tank Erector, Ornamental Ironworker, Pre-Engineered Metal Building Ironworker, Precast Concrete Ironworker, Steel Fabricator, Steel Fitter, Structural Steel Erector

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These employees install steel or iron beams, columns or girders in order to form bridges, buildings and other structures. The work is unsafe as structural iron and steel workers use dangerous tools and are required to work in all kinds of weather conditions. To become a structural iron or steel worker, a high school diploma is usually required. Many employees learn their trade through an apprenticeship program, but it is not out of the ordinary to receive on-site job training. A rigging and/or welding certificate can be helpful for this job.

A Structural Iron or Steel Worker earns an average salary ranging from $33,330 to $94,140 depending on the level of education. will usually earn a wage of fifty-eight thousand six hundred and fifty dollars on an annual basis.

are compensated highest in New Jersey, where they receive compensation, on average, of just about $87,030. These employees make the highest salary in Utilities, where they can earn an average salary rate of $79,610.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 32.14 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Structural Iron and Steel Workers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Utilities
$79,610
Public Administration
$73,280
Transportation and Warehousing
$69,760
Construction
$59,660
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$52,600
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$52,160

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Wholesale Trade
$44,550
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$48,090
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$49,660
Manufacturing
$50,410
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$52,160
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$52,600