Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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. Include rod busters.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
30,250 4.9 % $18.91 $39,330 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.04 $12.42 $16.80 $24.83 $31.35
Annual Wage (2) $20,890 $25,840 $34,950 $51,640 $65,210

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Building foundation and exterior contractors 18,370 $19.21 $39,960 1 6
Nonresidential building construction 3,560 $19.81 $41,200 2 5
Highway, street, and bridge construction 1,720 $21.52 $44,760 3 2
Other specialty trade contractors 1,330 $17.01 $35,380 4 8
Utility system construction 930 $14.64 $30,450 5 11

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg. 470 $22.98 $47,800 7 1
Highway, street, and bridge construction 1,720 $21.52 $44,760 3 2
Building equipment contractors 460 $20.36 $42,360 8 3
Employment services 260 $20.07 $41,740 11 4
Nonresidential building construction 3,560 $19.81 $41,200 2 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Nevada 760 $23.47 $48,820 0.071% 159
Texas 6,410 $12.20 $25,370 0.070% 533
Louisiana 800 $15.48 $32,200 0.043% 330
California 5,880 $21.28 $44,260 0.041% 325
Florida 2,810 $15.12 $31,450 0.039% 388

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New York 1,480 $30.24 $62,890 0.018% 143
New Jersey 630 $27.17 $56,520 0.016% 180
Oregon (6) $25.61 $53,280 (6) 117
Indiana 570 $24.95 $51,890 0.020% 122
Montana 70 $24.69 $51,350 0.018% 82

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA PMSA 1,490 $20.35 $42,330 0.136%
Fort Pierce-Port St. Lucie, FL MSA 130 $11.61 $24,150 0.120%
Dallas, TX PMSA 2,160 $11.42 $23,760 0.114%
Sacramento, CA PMSA 800 $19.75 $41,070 0.107%
Las Vegas, NV-AZ MSA 860 $21.81 $45,360 0.107%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA (6) $38.80 $80,710 (6)
Newark, NJ PMSA 70 $32.61 $67,830 0.007%
New York, NY PMSA 530 $31.16 $64,800 0.013%
Springfield, IL MSA (6) $30.71 $63,870 (6)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY MSA (6) $28.87 $60,040 (6)

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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