Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
32,660 7.5 % $19.32 $40,190 3.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.03 $12.45 $16.90 $25.94 $32.59
Annual Wage (2) $20,850 $25,890 $35,160 $53,960 $67,790

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Building foundation and exterior contractors 19,520 $19.01 $39,540
Nonresidential building construction 2,980 $18.97 $39,450
Highway, street, and bridge construction 2,020 $21.15 $43,990
Other specialty trade contractors 1,650 $16.98 $35,320
Utility system construction 1,000 $13.23 $27,530

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Building equipment contractors (7) $28.95 $60,220
Other fabricated metal product manufacturing 140 $23.70 $49,300
Highway, street, and bridge construction 2,020 $21.15 $43,990
Residential building construction 340 $19.75 $41,080
Architectural and structural metals mfg. 520 $19.64 $40,840

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
Nevada 840 $25.29 $52,600 0.075%
Texas 5,490 $11.67 $24,270 0.059%
Florida 3,410 $15.34 $31,900 0.047%
Hawaii 240 $24.79 $51,570 0.042%
California 6,090 $20.52 $42,680 0.042%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Illinois (7) $29.67 $61,720 (7)
New Jersey 730 $27.11 $56,400 0.019%
New York 1,290 $26.84 $55,820 0.016%
Montana 40 $25.52 $53,080 0.010%
Nevada 840 $25.29 $52,600 0.075%

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
Fort Pierce-Port St. Lucie, FL MSA 150 $12.21 $25,400 0.128%
Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay, FL MSA 250 $17.28 $35,940 0.127%
Fort Myers-Cape Coral, FL MSA 230 $14.03 $29,170 0.119%
Las Vegas, NV-AZ MSA 830 $24.76 $51,510 0.098%
Houston, TX PMSA 1,640 $12.31 $25,600 0.079%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Chicago, IL PMSA (7) $31.03 $64,540 (7)
New York, NY PMSA 580 $29.25 $60,840 0.015%
Monmouth-Ocean, NJ PMSA 260 $27.77 $57,750 0.065%
Atlantic-Cape May, NJ PMSA (7) $27.44 $57,080 (7)
Cleveland-Lorain-Elyria, OH PMSA 200 $26.54 $55,210 0.018%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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