This occupation has a very high probability of automation.

83.0% probability

of automation

12.8% growth

projected to 2026

70,200 employed

currently in the US

$56,040 annual wage

US, median ($26.94 hourly)

What they do

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. Excludes “Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers" (47-2171).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 83.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 457 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 70,200 people have this job. They earn $56,040 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $3,934,008,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $26.94.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 12.8% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 79,200 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).