Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
57,480 2.6 % $24.80 $51,590 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.31 $16.57 $22.36 $32.18 $41.18
Annual Wage (2) $27,680 $34,480 $46,520 $66,930 $85,660


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 25,670 3.60 $26.03 $54,130
Nonresidential Building Construction 12,850 1.93 $23.21 $48,290
Utility System Construction 3,580 0.80 $23.25 $48,350
Building Equipment Contractors 2,840 0.16 $24.36 $50,680
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 2,220 0.64 $25.37 $52,760

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 25,670 3.60 $26.03 $54,130
Nonresidential Building Construction 12,850 1.93 $23.21 $48,290
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 910 0.90 $22.62 $47,060
Utility System Construction 3,580 0.80 $23.25 $48,350
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 2,220 0.64 $25.37 $52,760

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 270 (7) $34.83 $72,450
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,900 0.64 $31.95 $66,460
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 30 (7) $28.01 $58,260
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers 70 0.04 $26.81 $55,760
Rail Transportation 60 0.03 $26.60 $55,330


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 7,810 0.72 1.65 $19.05 $39,630
California 4,960 0.34 0.78 $31.99 $66,540
New York 4,190 0.49 1.12 $38.49 $80,050
Illinois 2,580 0.45 1.04 $33.88 $70,470
Louisiana 2,380 1.26 2.91 $18.56 $38,600




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 2,380 1.26 2.91 $18.56 $38,600
Utah 1,320 1.06 2.44 $21.39 $44,480
South Dakota 370 0.92 2.12 $17.43 $36,260
North Dakota 370 0.88 2.04 $21.11 $43,910
Alaska 250 0.77 1.78 $30.34 $63,120




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 4,190 0.49 1.12 $38.49 $80,050
New Jersey 1,070 0.28 0.65 $34.11 $70,950
Nevada 590 0.51 1.17 $34.09 $70,910
Illinois 2,580 0.45 1.04 $33.88 $70,470
Massachusetts 820 0.25 0.58 $33.83 $70,370





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 3,310 1.20 2.77 $19.68 $40,930
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,100 0.40 0.92 $41.63 $86,590
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.44 1.02 $35.13 $73,060
Baton Rouge, LA 1,020 2.79 6.44 $19.49 $40,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 950 0.24 0.55 $31.75 $66,030
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 910 0.39 0.91 $19.11 $39,760
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 760 0.32 0.74 $24.80 $51,580
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 760 0.35 0.81 $18.01 $37,470
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 750 0.52 1.20 $34.32 $71,390
St. Louis, MO-IL 730 0.56 1.30 $26.17 $54,430




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)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 640 4.10 9.45 $26.83 $55,800
Odessa, TX 260 3.60 8.31 $18.48 $38,450
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 420 3.43 7.91 $32.98 $68,600
Baton Rouge, LA 1,020 2.79 6.44 $19.49 $40,530
Pascagoula, MS 100 1.91 4.40 $23.49 $48,850
Provo-Orem, UT 330 1.78 4.10 $19.93 $41,450
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 330 1.62 3.74 $27.80 $57,820
Mobile, AL 270 1.58 3.65 $19.51 $40,570
Stockton, CA 310 1.54 3.56 $26.94 $56,030
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 150 1.50 3.46 (8) (8)




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 470 0.38 0.88 $46.33 $96,360
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,100 0.40 0.92 $41.63 $86,590
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 130 0.14 0.33 $39.76 $82,690
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.02 $79,070
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 230 0.45 1.04 $38.01 $79,060
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.34 0.79 $35.93 $74,730
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 390 0.22 0.51 $35.33 $73,490
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 540 0.64 1.48 $35.28 $73,380
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.44 1.02 $35.13 $73,060
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ (8) (8) (8) $35.12 $73,050

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)
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 220 1.23 2.84 $14.96 $31,130
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 170 1.33 3.07 $15.94 $33,150
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 160 0.76 1.76 $23.68 $49,250
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 160 1.48 3.42 $14.01 $29,150
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 150 1.26 2.90 $17.94 $37,310

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)
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 1.76 4.07 $21.89 $45,540
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 120 1.58 3.65 $16.74 $34,830
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 160 1.48 3.42 $14.01 $29,150
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 170 1.33 3.07 $15.94 $33,150
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 150 1.26 2.90 $17.94 $37,310

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.33 0.75 $36.55 $76,030
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 0.67 $35.11 $73,040
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $34.65 $72,080
Central New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.27 $62,970
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 110 0.99 2.28 $28.99 $60,300


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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