Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
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Overview
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Position and secure steel bars or mesh in concrete forms in order to reinforce concrete. Use a variety of fasteners, rod-bending machines, blowtorches, and hand tools. Includes rod busters.
Titles for this career often contain these words
WorkerRebarIronworkerIronReinforcingBusterRodConcreteSteelForemanFabricatorRodbusterTierFieldInstallerPostTensioningBenderProductionReinforcedWorkersMetalLayerRodman
Education
Only 4% of brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers have bachelor's degrees than 90% of other careeers.
Employment
Workforce size
Reinforcing iron and rebar workers, with 18,500 workers, form a smaller workforce than 76% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for reinforcing iron and rebar workers are expected to grow by 11%, and should have about 2,500 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Reinforcing iron and rebar workers are more likely to be automated than 75% of other careers.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for reinforcing iron and rebar workers compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most reinforcing iron and rebar workers earn.
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Gender
Women account for 1% of brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers -- that's a smaller percentage than 98% of other jobs.
Gender of brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. Women brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers actually earned more than men -- a very rare occurance among careers!
Race/Origin
About 13% of brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers are minority, and 41% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (41%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Benefits
How do benefits for this career compare to other jobs?
Context: Employer offers health insurance
Context: Employer offers a pension plan
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of reinforcing iron and rebar workers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (86%)
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings (79%)
  • Time Pressure (77%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (61%)
  • Exposed to High Places (58%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (46%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (44%)
  • Consequence of Error (42%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (38%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (37%)
SOURCES:
Salary and diversity
What do brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries at the specialty level (reinforcing iron and rebar workers). This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for reinforcing iron and rebar workers (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers. This view of salaries is only available for all brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers.
Distribution: Salaries for brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers: Inflation-adjusted salary trend
This job's median $37KAll jobs' median $45K$33K$44K070809101112131415161718$0$20K$40K$60K$80K
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire reinforcing iron and rebar workers.
Employers of Brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers (ACS)
Private for-profit (76.5%)
Private not-for-profit (1.4%)
Local government (1.2%)
State government (0.4%)
Federal government (0.3%)
Self-employed incorporated (5.8%)
Self-employed not incorporated (14.5%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers, which combines the 3 specialties for this career.
$35K$35K$28K$43K$34K$54K$57K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of reinforcing iron and rebar workers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty reinforcing iron and rebar workers, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
$49K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000All

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
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Number employed
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers and gender

With 1% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 98% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
1%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Gender of Brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers
Men (99%)
Women (1%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

We only have enough data to accuarately show the salary distribution for men.

$35K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KMen

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. There is a smaller percentage of minority brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers than for 83% of other careers. Although this career does not include a large percentage of minorities, it does hire more foreign-born people that most other careers.

Race/origin of brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers
White (75% )
Other (13% )
Black (7% )
Multiracial (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Asian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
13%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
41%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$26K$26K$26K$31K$32K$37K$52K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KHispanicBlackAmerican IndianOtherMultiracialWhiteAsian
Distribution: Salaries for brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers by nativity
$32K$37K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 13% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 51% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
13%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers is shown following.

$17K$35K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KPart-time workersFull-time workers
Pathways to this career
Education attained by reinforcing iron and rebar workers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), reinforcing iron and rebar workers typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Details: Education and training recommended for reinforcing iron and rebar workers

A high school diploma or equivalent is generally required to enter an apprenticeship. Workers learning through on-the-job training may not need a high school diploma or equivalent. Courses in math, as well as training in vocational subjects such as blueprint reading and welding, are useful.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for reinforcing iron and rebar workers

Certifications in welding, rigging, and crane signaling may make ironworkers more attractive to prospective employers. Several organizations provide certifications for different aspects of the work. For example, the American Welding Society offers welding certification, and several organizations offer rigging certifications, including the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, and the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

Education attained by brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers? Below we see the distribution of brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers salaries based on the education attained.

$31K$36K$38K$38K$42K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KNone (35%)High School (42%)Some College (15%)Associate's/Cert. (4%)Bachelor's Degree (3%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Switching Careers
The most common next careers for brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers

What jobs will most brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebarworkersConstruction LaborersCarpentersFirst-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction WorkersSpecialized production workers, including computer-controlled tooloperatorsDriver/sales workers and truck driversConstruction ManagersCement masons, concrete finishers, and terrazzo workers
Lateral job transitions for brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 7 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers as well as 1% of respondents after working as brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Employed
How many people have this job?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
No degree
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Men
Women
Prior and next careers for brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Employed
How many people have this job?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
No degree
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most reinforcing iron and rebar workers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as reinforcing iron and rebar workers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where reinforcing iron and rebar workers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebar workers, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Location-adjusted median salary for Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which reinforcing iron and rebar workers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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