Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
24,200 5.2 % $21.42 $44,560 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.68 $14.38 $18.97 $28.05 $35.13
Annual Wage (2) $24,290 $29,920 $39,460 $58,340 $73,060


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 16,180 $21.84 $45,430
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,870 $22.96 $47,760
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 620 $21.60 $44,940
Utility System Construction 360 $18.02 $37,470
Residential Building Construction 280 $21.29 $44,280

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Employment Services 50 $23.48 $48,850
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,870 $22.96 $47,760
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 100 $22.48 $46,760
Local Government (OES Designation) 40 $22.31 $46,410
Building Equipment Contractors 150 $22.25 $46,290


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Nevada 580 (8) (8) 0.488
Texas 3,910 $14.20 $29,540 0.380
Maryland 920 $22.12 $46,010 0.367
Kentucky 640 $22.59 $46,980 0.367
Florida 2,310 $16.08 $33,440 0.315

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Illinois 1,040 $32.61 $67,820 0.183
Connecticut (8) $32.04 $66,640 (8)
Oregon 480 $30.12 $62,660 0.298
New York 800 $29.97 $62,350 0.094
Minnesota 280 $29.29 $60,930 0.108


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 120 $14.70 $30,580 0.614
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,550 $14.98 $31,170 0.603
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 30 $25.14 $52,290 0.601
Lake Charles, LA 50 $17.10 $35,570 0.598
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 340 $21.18 $44,050 0.574

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) $36.73 $76,400 (8)
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 190 $36.39 $75,680 0.156
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) $33.80 $70,300 (8)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 800 $32.92 $68,480 0.219
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 150 $32.71 $68,040 0.091


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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