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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 $40.22 $47.99 $50.22
Yearly $83,660 $99,810 $104,470
    Du Page County Hourly $47.50 $63.40 $63.40
Yearly $98,791 $131,865 $131,865
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $36.87 $36.87 $46.54
Yearly $76,685 $76,685 $96,796
    Will County Hourly $49.52 $49.52 $49.52
Yearly $102,992 $102,997 $102,997
United States Hourly $21.73 $23.48 $35.33
Yearly $45,190 $48,830 $73,490

Structural iron and steel workers (SOC 47-2221)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $35.94 $41.23 $48.12
Yearly $74,760 $85,760 $100,100
    Champaign Area Hourly $23.34 $37.66 $39.93
Yearly $48,555 $78,334 $83,053
    Cook County Hourly $41.10 $47.82 $55.02
Yearly $85,474 $99,447 $114,443
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $33.01 $42.54 $48.56
Yearly $68,659 $88,493 $100,997
    Du Page County Hourly $34.38 $43.50 $51.28
Yearly $71,518 $90,488 $106,667
    Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area Hourly $42.63 $48.07 $51.36
Yearly $88,657 $99,992 $106,845
    Lake County Hourly $32.85 $42.49 $48.00
Yearly $68,337 $88,378 $99,837
    Mt. Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area Hourly $31.19 $38.80 $38.80
Yearly $64,870 $80,699 $80,699
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $29.46 $37.08 $44.36
Yearly $61,271 $77,139 $92,273
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $36.90 $38.80 $44.74
Yearly $76,756 $80,699 $93,055
    Rock Island-Moline Area Hourly $22.61 $38.11 $43.85
Yearly $47,013 $79,249 $91,220
    Rockford Area Hourly $29.78 $39.08 $46.27
Yearly $61,930 $81,286 $96,237
    Springfield Area Hourly $23.34 $37.66 $38.00
Yearly $48,538 $78,334 $79,034
    Vermilion County Hourly $22.50 $38.80 $47.53
Yearly $46,811 $80,694 $98,845
    Will County Hourly $42.49 $48.37 $49.74
Yearly $88,378 $100,606 $103,465
United States Hourly $21.96 $28.15 $36.98
Yearly $45,670 $58,550 $76,920

Structural metal fabricators and fitters (SOC 51-2041)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $17.66 $21.26 $25.33
Yearly $36,740 $44,230 $52,690
    Champaign Area Hourly $18.34 $23.13 $24.61
Yearly $38,147 $48,108 $51,190
    Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area Hourly $18.97 $20.12 $24.18
Yearly $39,455 $41,850 $50,286
    Cook County Hourly $18.58 $22.22 $29.19
Yearly $38,649 $46,225 $60,719
    Decatur Area Hourly $15.10 $18.93 $23.93
Yearly $31,404 $39,390 $49,770
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $16.92 $21.76 $25.59
Yearly $35,181 $45,280 $53,237
    Du Page County Hourly $18.98 $22.49 $29.89
Yearly $39,479 $46,792 $62,178
    Edwardsville Area Hourly $17.39 $19.19 $24.32
Yearly $36,174 $39,916 $50,586
    Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area Hourly $18.37 $23.28 $28.91
Yearly $38,221 $48,437 $60,134
    Lake County Hourly $18.46 $22.38 $24.03
Yearly $38,395 $46,556 $49,978
    McHenry County Hourly $15.14 $19.28 $26.38
Yearly $31,481 $40,104 $54,867
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $23.60 $23.93 $30.97
Yearly $49,079 $49,770 $64,420
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $13.77 $17.38 $22.12
Yearly $28,640 $36,163 $46,014
    Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area Hourly $18.75 $23.32 $24.16
Yearly $38,996 $48,523 $50,249
    Rockford Area Hourly $18.08 $23.30 $28.44
Yearly $37,612 $48,475 $59,170
    Springfield Area Hourly $19.11 $23.93 $24.01
Yearly $39,758 $49,770 $49,944
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $15.67 $18.74 $23.54
Yearly $32,586 $38,973 $48,970
    Will County Hourly $19.25 $23.98 $37.90
Yearly $40,033 $49,879 $78,828
United States Hourly $17.87 $21.87 $23.78
Yearly $37,180 $45,480 $49,470

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