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 helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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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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.


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

Public Administration
Transportation and Warehousing
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Wholesale Trade
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
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