Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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. Includes rod busters.


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)
19,590 5.3 % $21.48 $44,690 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.67 $14.15 $18.48 $28.20 $35.68
Annual Wage (2) $24,280 $29,430 $38,430 $58,660 $74,210


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 12,450 1.75 $21.85 $45,450
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,230 0.49 $19.54 $40,650
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,890 0.62 $20.76 $43,180
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 430 0.08 $22.63 $47,080
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 410 0.13 (8) (8)

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 12,450 1.75 $21.85 $45,450
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,890 0.62 $20.76 $43,180
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,230 0.49 $19.54 $40,650
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 130 0.13 $28.28 $58,820
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 410 0.13 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 130 0.13 $28.28 $58,820
Building Equipment Contractors 100 0.01 $24.59 $51,150
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 430 0.08 $22.63 $47,080
Employment Services 30 (7) $22.09 $45,940
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 12,450 1.75 $21.85 $45,450


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 3,780 0.37 2.43 $14.74 $30,650
California 1,890 0.14 0.88 $24.78 $51,540
Florida 1,680 0.24 1.53 $15.73 $32,710
New York 900 0.11 0.70 $30.98 $64,440
Illinois 890 0.16 1.05 $30.38 $63,190




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)
Texas 3,780 0.37 2.43 $14.74 $30,650
Hawaii 190 0.34 2.19 $31.50 $65,510
Alabama 570 0.32 2.05 $17.39 $36,160
Mississippi 340 0.32 2.04 $14.72 $30,620
Nevada 320 0.29 1.87 $27.19 $56,560




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 90 0.06 0.37 $34.46 $71,670
Massachusetts 180 0.06 0.38 $32.29 $67,160
Hawaii 190 0.34 2.19 $31.50 $65,510
Oregon 220 0.14 0.89 $31.20 $64,900
New York 900 0.11 0.70 $30.98 $64,440

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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,390 0.56 3.61 $15.29 $31,790
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 840 0.42 2.71 $13.52 $28,130
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 690 0.20 1.27 $29.61 $61,580
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 510 0.23 1.52 $16.73 $34,800
St. Louis, MO-IL 470 0.37 2.42 $28.66 $59,600
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 380 0.33 2.16 $26.26 $54,610
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 350 0.07 0.45 $29.32 $60,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.09 0.59 $19.51 $40,580
Baltimore-Towson, MD 340 0.28 1.80 $22.78 $47,390
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 340 0.20 1.32 $15.77 $32,810




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)
Mobile, AL 170 0.99 6.41 $15.96 $33,190
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 170 0.85 5.53 $14.87 $30,930
Appleton, WI 80 0.69 4.45 $23.89 $49,700
Longview, TX 60 0.67 4.37 $13.20 $27,450
Baton Rouge, LA 230 0.66 4.27 $15.89 $33,040
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,390 0.56 3.61 $15.29 $31,790
Syracuse, NY 130 0.43 2.80 $24.09 $50,110
Bakersfield, CA 110 0.42 2.74 $25.28 $52,580
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 840 0.42 2.71 $13.52 $28,130
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 310 0.39 2.54 $29.72 $61,810




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $36.54 $76,000
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $36.42 $75,760
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $35.92 $74,720
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $33.56 $69,810
Honolulu, HI 140 0.34 2.18 $33.19 $69,020
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.19 1.25 $32.76 $68,140
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.04 0.23 $32.72 $68,050
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 210 0.22 1.44 $31.38 $65,260
Pittsburgh, PA (8) (8) (8) $31.25 $65,010
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 100 0.12 0.77 $30.77 $63,990

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 60 0.45 2.91 $15.68 $32,610
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.47 $21.71 $45,150
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 1.73 $14.94 $31,080

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 60 0.45 2.91 $15.68 $32,610
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 1.73 $14.94 $31,080
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.47 $21.71 $45,150

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.47 $21.71 $45,150
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 60 0.45 2.91 $15.68 $32,610
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 1.73 $14.94 $31,080
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.73 $30,650


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 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 17, 2011

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