Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
64,280 2.7 % $26.32 $54,750 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.31 $17.55 $24.28 $33.43 $43.50
Annual Wage (2) $29,770 $36,500 $50,490 $69,530 $90,490


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 30,280 3.80 $27.57 $57,340
Nonresidential Building Construction 13,530 1.87 $24.52 $50,990
Utility System Construction 3,150 0.65 $23.23 $48,310
Building Equipment Contractors 2,940 0.16 $25.90 $53,880
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,350 0.38 $24.23 $50,400

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 30,280 3.80 $27.57 $57,340
Nonresidential Building Construction 13,530 1.87 $24.52 $50,990
Utility System Construction 3,150 0.65 $23.23 $48,310
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 620 0.57 $24.72 $51,410
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 1,990 0.54 $23.91 $49,730

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 $37.54 $78,080
Rail Transportation (8) (8) $37.00 $76,950
State Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $34.04 $70,790
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,670 0.53 $33.56 $69,810
Building Finishing Contractors 1,200 0.17 $31.55 $65,630


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 6,380 0.55 1.18 $19.12 $39,770
California 6,100 0.39 0.84 $29.75 $61,890
New York 4,840 0.54 1.16 $41.94 $87,240
Florida 3,890 0.49 1.05 $20.63 $42,910
Louisiana 2,980 1.54 3.29 $23.54 $48,970



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 900 2.17 4.66 $18.22 $37,890
Louisiana 2,980 1.54 3.29 $23.54 $48,970
Utah 1,570 1.18 2.54 $21.16 $44,010
Alaska 320 0.99 2.12 $30.15 $62,700
Nebraska 930 0.98 2.10 $20.59 $42,840



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 1,160 0.30 0.64 $42.36 $88,120
New York 4,840 0.54 1.16 $41.94 $87,240
Illinois 2,750 0.47 1.01 $39.25 $81,630
Washington 1,420 0.48 1.02 $36.21 $75,310
Rhode Island (8) (8) (8) $33.55 $69,780




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 2,930 0.45 0.97 $39.97 $83,150
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,700 0.92 1.98 $20.04 $41,680
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,960 0.55 1.18 $42.67 $88,750
Baton Rouge, LA 1,250 3.18 6.83 $26.13 $54,360
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,140 0.89 1.91 $53.94 $112,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.27 0.58 $31.29 $65,090
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,010 0.77 1.66 $32.59 $67,790
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 980 0.52 1.12 $33.26 $69,170
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 850 0.45 0.97 $18.35 $38,170
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 830 0.79 1.69 $27.16 $56,490



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)
Baton Rouge, LA 1,250 3.18 6.83 $26.13 $54,360
Lake Charles, LA 210 2.20 4.72 $24.48 $50,930
Provo-Orem, UT 440 2.12 4.54 $20.04 $41,690
Grand Island, NE 90 2.07 4.45 $17.42 $36,230
Mobile, AL 350 2.05 4.39 $18.54 $38,570
Idaho Falls, ID 120 1.98 4.25 $23.40 $48,680
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 440 1.88 4.04 $20.09 $41,780
Appleton, WI 230 1.88 4.04 $28.45 $59,180
Sioux Falls, SD 250 1.68 3.61 $21.25 $44,190
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 370 1.57 3.38 $21.26 $44,220



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 1,140 0.89 1.91 $53.94 $112,190
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 260 0.53 1.13 $46.19 $96,080
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $44.06 $91,650
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,960 0.55 1.18 $42.67 $88,750
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,930 0.45 0.97 $39.97 $83,150
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 800 0.52 1.11 $39.74 $82,660
Rockford, IL 80 0.52 1.11 $39.08 $81,290
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 120 0.43 0.92 $37.99 $79,010
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 280 0.28 0.60 $36.19 $75,280
Peoria, IL (8)