Ironworker Careers

Ironworkers can earn up to


After the apprenticeship and based on certifications, a journeyperson ironworker (a qualified and skilled person in a trade), can earn up to $30.00 an hour.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Employment of ironworkers is projected to grow 9% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. The construction of large projects, such as high-rise buildings, is expected to drive employment growth, as will the need to rehabilitate, maintain and replace an increasing number of old roads and bridges. Job opportunities should be best in metropolitan areas, where most large construction projects take place.

Ironworkers install structural and reinforcing iron and steel to form and support buildings, bridges and roads.

Because carpenters are involved in many types of construction, from building highways and bridges to installing kitchen cabinets, they work both indoors and outdoors.

Ironworkers perform physically demanding and dangerous work, often working at great heights. As a result, workers must wear safety harnesses to reduce the risk of falling and other equipment to ensure safety.

Ironworkers learn their trade through a registered apprenticeship program that is usually cost free to the student. A high-school diploma or equivalent is typically required to begin your apprenticeship and career in the trade.

The certified training and apprenticeship program for ironworkers is run through International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforced Iron Workers and offers apprentices superior education, at little or no cost to the student, that enables them to reach their full potential within the trade.

Apprentices are able to earn living wages from day one and benefits (health, vision, etc.) are available to all students.

Once apprenticeship is complete, tradespeople continue their education and are able to advance to journeyperson status and beyond through continued education and certification programs.