Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

47-2171 Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers

Position and secure steel bars or mesh in concrete forms in order to reinforce concrete. Use a variety of fasteners, rod-bending machines, blowtorches, and hand tools. Includes rod busters.


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)
20,060 5.3 % $25.98 $54,030 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.35 $16.50 $23.08 $34.15 $43.87
Annual Wage (2) $27,760 $34,320 $48,010 $71,030 $91,240


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 12,630 1.58 $25.43 $52,900
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,340 0.46 $28.56 $59,400
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,010 0.16 $28.20 $58,650
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,010 0.32 $25.66 $53,370
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 350 0.10 $29.19 $60,720

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 12,630 1.58 $25.43 $52,900
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,340 0.46 $28.56 $59,400
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,010 0.32 $25.66 $53,370
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,010 0.16 $28.20 $58,650
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 210 0.11 $15.62 $32,490

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 100 0.09 $33.93 $70,570
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $31.02 $64,530
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 350 0.10 $29.19 $60,720
Local Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $29.05 $60,430
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,340 0.46 $28.56 $59,400


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 4,070 0.35 2.41 $19.13 $39,800
California 4,050 0.26 1.80 $25.89 $53,850
New York 1,450 0.16 1.11 $44.71 $93,000
Florida 900 0.11 0.78 $19.74 $41,050
Washington 790 0.26 1.82 $29.69 $61,750



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)
Hawaii 620 0.99 6.83 $32.14 $66,850
District of Columbia 260 0.38 2.63 $23.53 $48,950
New Mexico 290 0.36 2.46 $20.20 $42,020
Texas 4,070 0.35 2.41 $19.13 $39,800
Louisiana 570 0.29 2.03 $25.16 $52,340



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 1,450 0.16 1.11 $44.71 $93,000
New Jersey 450 0.12 0.79 $36.99 $76,940
Illinois 640 0.11 0.75 $36.10 $75,090
Massachusetts 180 0.05 0.37 $33.39 $69,450
Indiana 310 0.11 0.73 $33.36 $69,390




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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,530 0.52 3.59 $20.68 $43,020
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 940 0.15 1.00 $41.83 $87,010
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 850 0.65 4.47 $28.36 $58,980
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 640 0.27 1.83 $24.24 $50,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.16 1.08 $26.78 $55,690
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 610 0.40 2.74 $19.60 $40,770
Urban Honolulu, HI 610 1.34 9.21 $32.21 $66,990
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 590 0.25 1.73 $15.62 $32,490
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 490 0.36 2.49 $30.53 $63,490
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 480 0.26 1.76 $20.27 $42,170



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)
Urban Honolulu, HI 610 1.34 9.21 $32.21 $66,990
Waco, TX 150 1.33 9.16 $18.99 $39,500
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 110 0.84 5.77 $44.76 $93,100
Albuquerque, NM 260 0.70 4.78 $20.14 $41,890
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 850 0.65 4.47 $28.36 $58,980
Columbia, SC 200 0.54 3.71 $26.65 $55,420
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,530 0.52 3.59 $20.68 $43,020
Austin-Round Rock, TX 370 0.40 2.73 $16.08 $33,450
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 610 0.40 2.74 $19.60 $40,770
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 340 0.39 2.69 $24.87 $51,730



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 (8) (8) (8) $50.75 $105,560
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 110 0.84 5.77 $44.76 $93,100
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 940 0.15 1.00 $41.83 $87,010
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 390 0.11 0.75 $40.45 $84,140
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.47 $80,020
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $36.01 $74,900
Urban Honolulu, HI 610 1.34 9.21 $32.21 $66,990
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 490 0.36 2.49 $30.53 $63,490
Baton Rouge, LA (8) (8) (8) $29.10 $60,520
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $28.99 $60,300

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)
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 2.60 $38.47 $80,010
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 3.09 (8) (8)

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)
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 3.09 (8) (8)
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 2.60 $38.47 $80,010

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)
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 2.60 $38.47 $80,010


About May 2015 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.

(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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016