Structural Iron and Steel Workers

risk level
Based on 44 votes
by year 2032
or $29.08 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

28% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions

  • Finger Dexterity

User poll

35% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 28% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Structural Iron and Steel Workers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Structural Iron and Steel Workers' job openings is expected to rise 4.3% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Structural Iron and Steel Workers' was $60,500, or $29 per hour

'Structural Iron and Steel Workers' were paid 30.6% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 66,810 people employed as 'Structural Iron and Steel Workers' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 2 thousand people are employed as 'Structural Iron and Steel Workers'.

Job description

Raise, place, and unite iron or steel girders, columns, and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. May erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings.

SOC Code: 47-2221.00


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Chris Spratt (No chance) says
With all of the technological advancements throughout the 20th and 21st century, ironworking is the one trade that technological advancements haven't really affected the industry. The last real advancement in technology was in the 1960's transitioning from the rivet to the TC bolts. There will always be the need for an ironworkers ingenuity and athleticism within the trade.
Dec 29, 2023 at 06:08 AM
(Low) says
This industry is very labor-intensive and requires getting in tight cramped and high areas.
Sep 10, 2021 at 08:36 PM
Diane says
What if there were spark plugs wouldn't that set fire to things easier?
Dec 16, 2020 at 09:05 PM

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