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Iron & Steel Workers - U.S. Earnings Averages & Opportunities in 2022



What is an iron and steel worker?


Iron and steel workers use specialized tools to weld and bolt heavy, prefabricated metal structures by hand while they are being supported by crane. These structures act as the support for all buildings, bridges and roads. This is a physically demanding job that requires endurance, strength, balance and skill as it is the ironworkers responsibility to guide each piece where they are supposed to go and install it properly.


How much does an iron and steel worker make in 2022?


Referencing the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), according to data released in May of 2021 the average iron & steel worker across the United States made $61,270. That's an average hourly wage of $29.46.


National estimates have total employment for carpenters at that time at just over 68,000. A large percentage of the total employed carpenters are classified in the category of foundation, structure and building exterior contractors.


Some of the top paying industry categories for electricians are: heavy and civil engineering construction, highway, street and bridge construction, rail transportation, and architectural, engineering, and related services. The average salary or wage in these categories top $80,000!


States with the top average annual pay for electricians include: New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Washington. Some of these states average over $90,000 per year.


What career options are there for iron and steel workers in 2022?


Careers as an ironworker provide an incredibly wide scope of options for employment in high demand careers including:

  • Construction of a bridge support system

  • Reinforcing steel to strengthen the concrete that forms structures

  • Installing metal handrails

  • Constructing wind turbines


One of the benefits to working as an ironworker is the variety of projects you could be a part of. Traveling across the state, you never know what you'll be putting together as each day brings a new set of challenges. Although most jobs involve building a structure, some reinforcing jobs may require a certain amount of demolition and rehab of older buildings.



What training do I need to be an iron and steel worker?


After graduating high school, it is beneficial to take some courses through a trade school or community college that offers ironwork programs. General construction classes like blueprint reading and welding can also be beneficial to one's knowledge in the field. It generally takes 3 to 4 years of an apprenticeship focused on training in both reinforcing and structural ironworking before becoming a journeyman in the field.


How do I find iron and steel career opportunities near me?


By completing the Skill Evaluation with Paid for Trades, we can connect you with businesses and trade school programs near you in Iowa to set up opportunities such as:

  • Job shadowing

  • Part time work

  • Apprenticeships

  • Course enrollment

  • Full time job offers

The skilled trades can offer opportunities to earn faster with little to no student loan debt. We want to help you find the best career for your talents!



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