Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
17,280 6.7 % $26.17 $54,430 3.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.49 $15.33 $24.52 $35.11 $43.60
Annual Wage (2) $25,980 $31,890 $51,010 $73,030 $90,690


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 11,570 1.62 $27.00 $56,150
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,780 0.27 $23.93 $49,770
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,530 0.51 $24.92 $51,840
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 770 0.14 $26.06 $54,200
Building Equipment Contractors 240 0.01 $31.00 $64,470

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 11,570 1.62 $27.00 $56,150
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,530 0.51 $24.92 $51,840
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,780 0.27 $23.93 $49,770
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 160 0.16 $32.37 $67,320
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 770 0.14 $26.06 $54,200

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 160 0.16 $32.37 $67,320
Building Equipment Contractors 240 0.01 $31.00 $64,470
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 11,570 1.62 $27.00 $56,150
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 (7) $26.12 $54,330
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 770 0.14 $26.06 $54,200


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 4,180 0.38 2.94 $18.73 $38,970
California 2,530 0.17 1.32 $28.42 $59,120
New York 1,650 0.19 1.47 $44.37 $92,290
Washington 950 0.34 2.59 $31.89 $66,340
Illinois 760 0.13 1.02 $33.58 $69,850




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 520 0.87 6.67 $30.60 $63,640
District of Columbia 300 0.46 3.51 $23.64 $49,170
Texas 4,180 0.38 2.94 $18.73 $38,970
Washington 950 0.34 2.59 $31.89 $66,340
South Carolina 390 0.21 1.64 $23.89 $49,680




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 1,650 0.19 1.47 $44.37 $92,290
Illinois 760 0.13 1.02 $33.58 $69,850
Washington 950 0.34 2.59 $31.89 $66,340
Massachusetts 100 0.03 0.23 $31.72 $65,970
Missouri 270 0.10 0.80 $31.34 $65,180





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 1,360 0.49 3.79 $19.96 $41,510
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,360 0.63 4.84 $18.47 $38,430
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 840 0.58 4.45 $31.79 $66,130
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 700 0.57 4.35 $50.65 $105,360
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 630 0.12 0.92 $42.96 $89,360
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 520 0.44 3.35 $32.59 $67,780
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 500 0.14 1.04 $36.54 $76,000
Honolulu, HI 480 1.09 8.40 $31.23 $64,950
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.42 3.25 $28.83 $59,960
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 400 0.23 1.74 $16.84 $35,030




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)
Honolulu, HI 480 1.09 8.40 $31.23 $64,950
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,360 0.63 4.84 $18.47 $38,430
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 840 0.58 4.45 $31.79 $66,130
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 700 0.57 4.35 $50.65 $105,360
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,360 0.49 3.79 $19.96 $41,510
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 120 0.45 3.45 $36.68 $76,280
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 520 0.44 3.35 $32.59 $67,780
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.42 3.25 $28.83 $59,960
Port St. Lucie, FL 50 0.40 3.05 $15.90 $33,070
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 370 0.40 3.10 $13.62 $28,320




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 700 0.57 4.35 $50.65 $105,360
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 630 0.12 0.92 $42.96 $89,360
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $37.16 $77,300
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 120 0.45 3.45 $36.68 $76,280
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 500 0.14 1.04 $36.54 $76,000
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 520 0.44 3.35 $32.59 $67,780
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 840 0.58 4.45 $31.79 $66,130
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA (8) (8) (8) $31.72 $65,980
Honolulu, HI 480 1.09 8.40 $31.23 $64,950
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 70 0.09 0.69 $30.75 $63,970

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)
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 1.34 $32.30 $67,180

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)
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 1.34 $32.30 $67,180

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)
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 1.34 $32.30 $67,180
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.00 $37,450
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $12.44 $25,880


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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