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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 $45.19 $52.73 $60.54
Yearly $94,004 $109,679 $125,920
    Cook County Hourly $45.42 $51.50 $58.37
Yearly $94,471 $107,126 $121,418
United States Hourly $19.48 $23.75 $30.72
Yearly $40,520 $49,390 $63,900

Structural iron and steel workers (SOC 47-2221)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $35.22 $43.05 $48.56
Yearly $73,250 $89,549 $101,009
    Champaign Area Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly (1) (1) (1)
    Cook County Hourly $41.29 $45.82 $50.63
Yearly $85,892 $95,314 $105,303
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $43.18 $46.40 $49.61
Yearly $89,823 $96,504 $103,184
    Du Page County Hourly $42.19 $45.39 $48.60
Yearly $87,756 $94,405 $101,083
    Edwardsville Area Hourly $33.90 $37.43 $41.18
Yearly $70,521 $77,865 $85,648
    Lake County Hourly $43.74 $50.69 $58.49
Yearly $90,977 $105,433 $121,654
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $29.70 $34.64 $39.16
Yearly $61,767 $72,054 $81,456
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $35.04 $39.34 $46.07
Yearly $72,879 $81,820 $95,828
    Rock Island-Moline Area Hourly $19.61 $28.81 $35.47
Yearly $40,778 $59,931 $73,774
    Rockford Area Hourly $40.25 $45.21 $49.50
Yearly $83,717 $94,040 $102,962
    Springfield Area Hourly $19.19 $34.34 $41.34
Yearly $39,916 $71,421 $85,992
    Will County Hourly $18.36 $41.49 $47.71
Yearly $38,194 $86,292 $99,227
United States Hourly $19.71 $26.36 $35.48
Yearly $40,990 $54,830 $73,800
(1) Wage estimate isn't available.

Structural metal fabricators and fitters (SOC 51-2041)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $15.88 $19.53 $24.87
Yearly $33,038 $40,631 $51,723
    Champaign Area Hourly $13.45 $15.07 $20.65
Yearly $27,969 $31,353 $42,955
    Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area Hourly $17.11 $20.69 $23.54
Yearly $35,588 $43,044 $48,968
    Cook County Hourly $16.11 $19.76 $29.05
Yearly $33,508 $41,096 $60,420
    Decatur Area Hourly $13.84 $16.00 $20.48
Yearly $28,791 $33,278 $42,606
    Du Page County Hourly $15.55 $18.33 $22.31
Yearly $32,352 $38,126 $46,400
    Lake County Hourly $20.51 $24.43 $28.75
Yearly $42,666 $50,813 $59,807
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $18.78 $21.60 $24.59
Yearly $39,068 $44,926 $51,154
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $14.69 $20.50 $23.23
Yearly $30,564 $42,649 $48,323
    Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area Hourly $14.68 $17.96 $21.98
Yearly $30,544 $37,350 $45,724
    Rockford Area Hourly $16.10 $18.04 $20.30
Yearly $33,484 $37,513 $42,222
    Springfield Area Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly (1) (1) (1)
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $16.17 $18.41 $21.49
Yearly $33,635 $38,295 $44,705
    Will County Hourly $22.36 $36.00 $46.26
Yearly $46,514 $74,880 $96,220
United States Hourly $16.58 $20.09 $25.04
Yearly $34,480 $41,780 $52,080
(1) Wage estimate isn't available.

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