Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
15,330 5.8 % $24.59 $51,140 2.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.29 $14.59 $22.07 $33.18 $41.92
Annual Wage (2) $25,560 $30,350 $45,910 $69,020 $87,180


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 9,890 1.44 $25.60 $53,260
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,010 0.31 $19.50 $40,550
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,550 0.51 $23.25 $48,350
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 580 0.11 $26.16 $54,420
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 240 0.07 $32.10 $66,770

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 9,890 1.44 $25.60 $53,260
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,550 0.51 $23.25 $48,350
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,010 0.31 $19.50 $40,550
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 150 0.15 $33.78 $70,270
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 580 0.11 $26.16 $54,420

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 150 0.15 $33.78 $70,270
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 240 0.07 $32.10 $66,770
Building Equipment Contractors 150 0.01 $28.28 $58,810
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 580 0.11 $26.16 $54,420
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 9,890 1.44 $25.60 $53,260


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 4,290 0.41 3.45 $18.36 $38,180
California 1,560 0.11 0.93 $28.72 $59,730
New York 1,180 0.14 1.18 $40.01 $83,230
Ohio 590 0.12 1.00 $28.19 $58,630
Florida 540 0.07 0.63 $16.49 $34,300




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)
Hawaii 360 0.61 5.17 $32.83 $68,290
Texas 4,290 0.41 3.45 $18.36 $38,180
Mississippi 260 0.24 2.08 $16.07 $33,430
Alabama 420 0.23 1.94 $15.54 $32,320
South Carolina 400 0.22 1.89 $23.71 $49,310




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,180 0.14 1.18 $40.01 $83,230
Connecticut 90 0.05 0.45 $33.97 $70,650
Illinois 510 0.09 0.77 $33.74 $70,170
Hawaii 360 0.61 5.17 $32.83 $68,290
Washington 410 0.15 1.26 $32.76 $68,130





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 1,270 0.48 4.09 $19.08 $39,680
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,260 0.60 5.10 $17.34 $36,070
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 430 0.49 4.12 $14.70 $30,570
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 400 0.32 2.76 $51.32 $106,760
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 340 0.09 0.79 $35.36 $73,540
Honolulu, HI 330 0.77 6.57 $33.77 $70,240
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.31 2.64 $29.57 $61,510
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 300 0.06 0.49 $39.93 $83,050
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 280 0.20 1.68 $35.05 $72,910
St. Louis, MO-IL 240 0.19 1.62 $31.74 $66,020




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)
Pascagoula, MS 40 0.78 6.65 $16.67 $34,680
Honolulu, HI 330 0.77 6.57 $33.77 $70,240
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,260 0.60 5.10 $17.34 $36,070
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 430 0.49 4.12 $14.70 $30,570
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,270 0.48 4.09 $19.08 $39,680
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 30 0.44 3.76 $31.07 $64,620
Port St. Lucie, FL 50 0.42 3.61 $15.70 $32,670
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 110 0.40 3.39 $31.52 $65,570
Baton Rouge, LA 130 0.37 3.14 $20.86 $43,390
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 400 0.32 2.76 $51.32 $106,760




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)
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 400 0.32 2.76 $51.32 $106,760
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 300 0.06 0.49 $39.93 $83,050
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 340 0.09 0.79 $35.36 $73,540
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $35.31 $73,450
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 280 0.20 1.68 $35.05 $72,910
Honolulu, HI 330 0.77 6.57 $33.77 $70,240
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 80 0.09 0.76 $33.26 $69,180
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 70 0.28 2.38 $32.23 $67,040
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 170 0.21 1.81 $31.85 $66,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.05 0.46 $31.81 $66,160

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)
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 90 0.56 4.73 (8) (8)

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)
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 90 0.56 4.73 (8) (8)


About May 2012 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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