Structural Iron and Steel Workers

General Information

Description

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.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit87.71%
  2. State and local government5.26%
  3. Self-employed3.97%
  4. Private, not for profit2.51%
  5. Federal government0.55%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Overall employment of ironworkers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 10,100 openings for ironworkers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$54,830

Military salary*

$48,873

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State-by-state Salary

Gray states indicate no data available

$94,340
$28,730
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 42%
  • Less than high school 33%
  • Post-secondary certificate 19%
  • Post baccalaureate 5%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Engineering and Technology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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