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Ironworkers

Ironworkers - Wages & Trends

Apprentices usually start at about 50 to 60 percent of the rate paid to experienced journey workers. They receive pay increases throughout the course of the program.

Earnings can sometimes be reduced because of work time lost due to bad weather. Structural metal workers can also lose work during economic slowdowns, when jobs are not available.

Wages vary by area of specialization. Wages also vary by employer and area of the country. Workers in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, and other large cities receive higher wages. Wages also vary depending on the worker's experience. In addition, workers who are members of a union usually earn higher wages than non-union workers.

Benefits vary by employer. Full-time structural metal workers often receive typical benefits. These include paid vacation, sick leave, and health insurance.

Reinforcing iron and rebar workers (SOC 47-2171)
Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $41.04 $46.99 $53.74
Yearly $85,367 $97,731 $111,773
    Cook County Hourly $43.86 $49.91 $56.74
Yearly $91,226 $103,818 $118,020
United States Hourly $18.81 $23.60 $31.04
Yearly $39,130 $49,100 $64,550

Structural iron and steel workers (SOC 47-2221)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $37.16 $43.66 $48.33
Yearly $77,291 $90,817 $100,532
    Champaign Area Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly (1) (1) (1)
    Cook County Hourly $42.69 $46.37 $50.21
Yearly $88,803 $96,448 $104,438
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $42.62 $45.45 $48.27
Yearly $88,652 $94,528 $100,404
    Du Page County Hourly $42.19 $45.39 $48.59
Yearly $87,760 $94,413 $101,065
    Edwardsville Area Hourly $33.79 $37.13 $42.10
Yearly $70,282 $77,222 $87,561
    Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area Hourly $40.93 $44.52 $48.12
Yearly $85,125 $92,606 $100,087
    Lake County Hourly $42.34 $47.55 $53.63
Yearly $88,074 $98,907 $111,546
    Mt. Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area Hourly $32.78 $35.34 $37.90
Yearly $68,183 $73,506 $78,829
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $29.93 $35.60 $46.68
Yearly $62,263 $74,051 $97,092
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $33.98 $37.66 $43.82
Yearly $70,681 $78,331 $91,148
    Rockford Area Hourly $36.63 $43.67 $48.14
Yearly $76,188 $90,832 $100,138
    Shawnee National Forest Area Hourly $34.32 $36.73 $39.15
Yearly $71,389 $76,407 $81,425
    Springfield Area Hourly $19.36 $33.83 $41.41
Yearly $40,269 $70,361 $86,123
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $32.91 $35.16 $37.41
Yearly $68,448 $73,135 $77,821
    Will County Hourly $25.71 $36.99 $45.10
Yearly $53,467 $76,943 $93,814
United States Hourly $19.55 $26.46 $36.31
Yearly $40,660 $55,040 $75,520
(1) Wage estimate isn't available.

Structural metal fabricators and fitters (SOC 51-2041)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $16.31 $19.69 $25.12
Yearly $33,931 $40,949 $52,260
    Champaign Area Hourly $13.38 $15.46 $21.88
Yearly $27,825 $32,148 $45,514
    Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area Hourly $16.43 $18.78 $21.90
Yearly $34,171 $39,056 $45,559
    Cook County Hourly $15.99 $20.15 $31.85
Yearly $33,256 $41,920 $66,253
    Decatur Area Hourly $13.47 $15.91 $20.02
Yearly $28,026 $33,090 $41,637
    Du Page County Hourly $15.90 $18.09 $21.67
Yearly $33,067 $37,635 $45,077
    Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area Hourly $17.49 $19.42 $22.96
Yearly $36,373 $40,398 $47,765
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $18.18 $20.19 $22.19
Yearly $37,820 $42,002 $46,161
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $14.73 $21.33 $23.40
Yearly $30,646 $44,356 $48,678
    Rockford Area Hourly $16.15 $18.07 $20.93
Yearly $33,593 $37,582 $43,533
    Springfield Area Hourly $20.06 $23.44 $27.11
Yearly $41,715 $48,751 $56,388
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $16.04 $18.08 $21.29
Yearly $33,356 $37,613 $44,287
    Will County Hourly $21.42 $34.03 $44.66
Yearly $44,551 $70,778 $92,897
United States Hourly $16.01 $19.42 $24.10
Yearly $33,290 $40,390 $50,130

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.