Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
58,460 2.5 % $23.42 $48,710 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.66 $15.88 $21.42 $29.51 $38.48
Annual Wage (2) $26,330 $33,040 $44,540 $61,380 $80,030


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 26,590 3.73 $24.10 $50,120
Nonresidential Building Construction 11,910 1.79 $20.91 $43,480
Building Equipment Contractors 3,050 0.18 $24.47 $50,900
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,950 0.97 $31.13 $64,750
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,400 0.45 $21.76 $45,250

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 26,590 3.73 $24.10 $50,120
Nonresidential Building Construction 11,910 1.79 $20.91 $43,480
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,950 0.97 $31.13 $64,750
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 930 0.95 $22.49 $46,790
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 2,030 0.63 $24.09 $50,100

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 230 (7) $35.50 $73,840
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 40 0.03 $35.02 $72,850
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,950 0.97 $31.13 $64,750
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers (8) (8) $30.46 $63,350
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 160 0.19 $26.02 $54,110


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 6,360 0.63 1.37 $18.18 $37,820
California 5,520 0.39 0.86 $27.06 $56,280
New York 4,510 0.54 1.18 $34.32 $71,380
Florida 2,460 0.35 0.75 $18.10 $37,650
Ohio 2,150 0.44 0.95 $24.66 $51,300




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)
Wyoming 400 1.47 3.20 $23.21 $48,270
Louisiana 1,890 1.03 2.25 $17.23 $35,840
South Dakota 360 0.93 2.02 $17.60 $36,610
Mississippi 960 0.89 1.94 $17.24 $35,850
Nevada 910 0.82 1.78 $26.50 $55,120




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 1,620 0.43 0.94 $35.38 $73,590
New York 4,510 0.54 1.18 $34.32 $71,380
Illinois 2,030 0.37 0.80 $33.02 $68,690
Massachusetts 1,070 0.34 0.75 $32.71 $68,040
Rhode Island (8) (8) (8) $32.68 $67,970

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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,650 0.53 1.16 $34.36 $71,470
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,930 0.77 1.68 $19.09 $39,700
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,760 0.46 1.00 $24.15 $50,220
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,270 0.58 1.25 $18.25 $37,970
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.32 0.69 $34.39 $71,520
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 990 0.59 1.28 $17.35 $36,090
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 890 0.66 1.44 $34.66 $72,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 790 0.35 0.75 $20.49 $42,620
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 780 0.82 1.78 $31.67 $65,860
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 780 0.96 2.09 $25.22 $52,460




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)
Pascagoula, MS 340 6.07 13.20 $17.74 $36,910
Jackson, TN 230 4.15 9.03 $15.61 $32,480
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 420 2.68 5.82 (8) (8)
Decatur, AL 120 2.40 5.21 $21.92 $45,590
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 290 2.30 5.00 $23.62 $49,130
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 200 2.24 4.86 $16.91 $35,180
Corpus Christi, TX 390 2.22 4.83 $16.99 $35,330
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 90 1.74 3.79 $15.17 $31,560
Gainesville, GA 110 1.66 3.61 $13.73 $28,560
Pocatello, ID 50 1.60 3.49 $19.12 $39,760




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 180 0.21 0.46 $47.82 $99,470
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 690 0.58 1.25 $43.19 $89,830
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 120 0.54 1.17 $40.70 $84,660
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 190 0.20 0.43 $38.25 $79,560
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 500 1.00 2.17 $37.55 $78,110
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.35 0.75 $37.04 $77,040
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 70 0.18 0.38 $36.46 $75,830
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 70 0.28 0.61 $36.17 $75,230
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ (8) (8) (8) $35.19 $73,190
Framingham, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $34.72 $72,220

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)
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 270 2.13 4.63 (8) (8)
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 230 4.65 10.10 $25.87 $53,810
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 190 0.70 1.53 $22.03 $45,820
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 180 2.18 4.74 $25.37 $52,770
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 170 0.45 0.97 $20.02 $41,640

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)
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 230 4.65 10.10 $25.87 $53,810
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 180 2.18 4.74 $25.37 $52,770
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 270 2.13 4.63 (8) (8)
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 1.54 3.35 $20.96 $43,590
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 150 1.44 3.13 $14.48 $30,130

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)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 0.54 $28.94 $60,200
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 0.56 $28.39 $59,040
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 1.02 2.21 $28.19 $58,640
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 130 0.88 1.91 $27.19 $56,550
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 0.81 $26.33 $54,770


About May 2010 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 mean 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011