Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

47-2221 Structural Iron and Steel Workers

Raise, place, and unite iron or steel girders, columns, and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. May erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings. Excludes "Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers" (47-2171).


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)
60,010 2.8 % $25.55 $53,140 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.94 $17.14 $23.17 $32.52 $42.46
Annual Wage (2) $29,000 $35,650 $48,200 $67,640 $88,310


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 27,280 3.62 $27.03 $56,230
Nonresidential Building Construction 14,250 2.06 $24.12 $50,180
Utility System Construction 3,450 0.74 $23.39 $48,650
Building Equipment Contractors 2,630 0.15 $24.82 $51,620
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,980 0.34 $22.42 $46,640

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 27,280 3.62 $27.03 $56,230
Nonresidential Building Construction 14,250 2.06 $24.12 $50,180
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 930 0.89 $21.50 $44,730
Utility System Construction 3,450 0.74 $23.39 $48,650
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,770 0.58 $33.49 $69,650

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 290 0.01 $35.63 $74,100
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,770 0.58 $33.49 $69,650
Rail Transportation 100 0.04 $32.49 $67,590
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 40 (7) $30.37 $63,170
Building Finishing Contractors 740 0.11 $28.78 $59,870


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 7,240 0.64 1.45 $19.79 $41,170
California 4,630 0.31 0.69 $30.71 $63,890
New York 4,170 0.47 1.06 $39.58 $82,320
Louisiana 3,190 1.67 3.75 $21.06 $43,810
Illinois 2,890 0.50 1.13 $38.27 $79,600




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)
Louisiana 3,190 1.67 3.75 $21.06 $43,810
South Dakota 560 1.38 3.10 $19.77 $41,130
Utah 1,210 0.94 2.12 $20.42 $42,480
Nebraska 810 0.86 1.93 $19.28 $40,090
Alaska 250 0.77 1.73 $29.67 $61,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 1,160 0.30 0.68 $42.80 $89,020
New York 4,170 0.47 1.06 $39.58 $82,320
Illinois 2,890 0.50 1.13 $38.27 $79,600
Nevada 390 0.33 0.74 $33.77 $70,230
Massachusetts 860 0.26 0.58 $33.50 $69,680





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 3,110 1.09 2.46 $20.37 $42,360
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,920 0.51 1.15 $41.05 $85,390
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,780 0.33 0.74 $40.10 $83,410
Baton Rouge, LA 1,090 2.85 6.43 $21.70 $45,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 950 0.24 0.53 $32.25 $67,090
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 950 1.76 3.97 $18.12 $37,700
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 890 0.70 1.59 $50.84 $105,750
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 830 0.55 1.25 $36.79 $76,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 780 0.33 0.74 $23.33 $48,530
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 740 0.33 0.75 $18.44 $38,350




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)
Lake Charles, LA 320 3.57 8.03 $25.67 $53,390
Odessa, TX 250 3.45 7.77 $18.95 $39,420
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 540 3.44 7.75 $27.49 $57,190
Baton Rouge, LA 1,090 2.85 6.43 $21.70 $45,140
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 190 1.88 4.24 $20.38 $42,390
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 950 1.76 3.97 $18.12 $37,700
Provo-Orem, UT 330 1.71 3.86 $20.39 $42,410
Mobile, AL 270 1.59 3.58 $20.30 $42,230
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 440 1.30 2.92 $20.42 $42,470
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 330 1.23 2.77 $34.06 $70,840




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 890 0.70 1.59 $50.84 $105,750
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 440 0.86 1.93 $45.95 $95,570
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $43.00 $89,440
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,920 0.51 1.15 $41.05 $85,390
Rochester, NY (8) (8) (8) $40.95 $85,170
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 240 0.24 0.55 $40.88 $85,030
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,780 0.33 0.74 $40.10 $83,410
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 100 0.79 1.78 $39.79 $82,760
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 830 0.55 1.25 $36.79 $76,530
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 180 0.71 1.61 $36.61 $76,140

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)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 280 2.17 4.89 $19.56 $40,690
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 240 1.89 4.25 $17.90 $37,220
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 230 1.70 3.83 $24.47 $50,890
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 210 2.04 4.59 $21.48 $44,680
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 180 1.74 3.91 $15.80 $32,860

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)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 280 2.17 4.89 $19.56 $40,690
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 210 2.04 4.59 $21.48 $44,680
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 240 1.89 4.25 $17.90 $37,220
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 180 1.74 3.91 $15.80 $32,860
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 230 1.70 3.83 $24.47 $50,890

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)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $48.49 $100,850
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.13 $73,080
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.87 $70,440
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 0.82 $33.50 $69,680
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.00 $66,560


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015