• Structural Iron and Steel Workers
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 42,530
    $33,390 range bar $55,270
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Fast Growing
  • Structural iron and steel workers install iron or steel beams, girders, and columns to form buildings, bridges, and other structures. They are commonly referred to as ironworkers.

What do they typically do

  • Align beams and girders into position
  • Unload and stack prefabricated steel so that it can be lifted easily with slings
  • Use metal shears, torches, and welding equipment to cut, bend, and weld the steel
  • Signal crane operators for positioning the structural steel
  • Connect columns, beams, and girders with bolts or by welding them into place
  • Stand on beams or girders to help position pieces that are being lifted
  • Check vertical and horizontal alignment of the structural steel
  • Use a crane to lift steel beams, girders, and columns into place

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +1.2%
Job Opening 243

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Education & Training

  • Education

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
    Associated Programs or Majors
    • NA
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