Average Hourly Wage of Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers, By State

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This is the 22nd installment of Construction Junkie's weekly analysis of the hourly wages of each individual construction profession by state.  The three previous professions we examined were pipelayersconcrete finishers, and crane operators.  You can also see the full list of all past and future professions by clicking here.

Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers, commonly referred to as "rod busters,"  are responsible for positioning and tying reinforcing steel rebar, cables, and mesh for use in concrete. Rebar workers are usually also responsible for bending and cutting the reinforcement material.

Below you'll find a breakout of how each state compensates their rod busterss.  All data below comes from the BLS' most recent reports from May 2016. 

Graph of Average Hourly Wage of Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers, by State

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Rankings of Average Hourly Wage of Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers, by State

51. Alabama  --  Data Not Available/hour

50. Alaska  --  Data Not Available/hour

49. Delaware  --  Data Not Available/hour

48. Idaho  --  Data Not Available/hour

47. Kansas  --  Data Not Available/hour

46. Maine  --  Data Not Available/hour

45. Michigan  --  Data Not Available/hour

44. Montana  --  Data Not Available/hour

43. New Hampshire  --  Data Not Available/hour

42. Rhode Island  --  Data Not Available/hour

41. Utah  --  Data Not Available/hour

40. Vermont  --  Data Not Available/hour

39. Wyoming  --  Data Not Available/hour

38. South Dakota  --  $15.65/hour

37. Oklahoma  --  $16.88/hour

36. North Carolina  --  $18.25/hour

35. Iowa  --  $18.44/hour

34. Tennessee  --  $18.55/hour

33. Arkansas  --  $18.86/hour

32. Florida  --  $19.01/hour

31. Georgia  --  $19.53/hour

30. Mississippi  --  $20.54/hour

29. Texas  --  $21.00/hour

28. District of Columbia  --  $21.41/hour

27. North Dakota  --  $21.96/hour

26. Colorado  --  $22.15/hour

25. Wisconsin  --  $22.34/hour

24. South Carolina  --  $22.67/hour

23. Virginia  --  $23.49/hour

22. Nebraska  --  $24.17/hour

21. Maryland  --  $24.49/hour

20. Ohio  --  $24.75/hour

19. Kentucky  --  $24.94/hour

18. Minnesota  --  $25.18/hour

17. California  --  $25.59/hour

16. Arizona  --  $25.76/hour

15. Oregon  --  $26.26/hour

14. Louisiana  --  $26.28/hour

13. West Virginia  --  $27.18/hour

12. New Mexico  --  $27.29/hour

11. Pennsylvania  --  $27.61/hour

10. Missouri--$28.96/hour

9. Nevada  --  $30.56/hour

8. Washington  --  $30.84/hour

7. Connecticut  --  $31.48/hour

6. Massachusetts  --  $32.02/hour

5. Hawaii  --  $34.71/hour

4. Indiana  --  $38.36/hour

3. Illinois  --  $39.38/hour

2. New York  --  $40.72/hour

1. New Jersey  --  $40.92/hour

Graph of Average Hourly Wage of Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers - Adjusted for Cost of Living, by State

Cost of living in each state also has a large impact on the amount of money construction trades actually bring home, so the graph below shows each state's adjusted hourly wage based upon the cost of living index for that state.  All cost of living index data comes from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center and was last updated for the second quarter of 2017.  The cost of living index was based upon grocery, housing, utilities, transportation, health, and miscellaneous costs for each state. 

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Rankings of Average Hourly Wage of Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers- Adjusted for Cost of Living, by State

51. Alabama  --  Data Not Available/hour

50. Alaska  --  Data Not Available/hour

49. Delaware  --  Data Not Available/hour

48. Idaho  --  Data Not Available/hour

47. Kansas  --  Data Not Available/hour

46. Maine  --  Data Not Available/hour

45. Michigan  --  Data Not Available/hour

44. Montana  --  Data Not Available/hour

43. New Hampshire  --  Data Not Available/hour

42. Rhode Island  --  Data Not Available/hour

41. Utah  --  Data Not Available/hour

40. Vermont  --  Data Not Available/hour

39. Wyoming  --  Data Not Available/hour

38. District of Columbia  --  $9.98/hour

37. Hawaii  --  $11.66/hour

36. California  --  $13.92/hour

35. South Dakota  --  $15.71/hour

34. Maryland  --  $17.88/hour

33. Oregon  --  $17.94/hour

32. Oklahoma  --  $18.60/hour

31. North Carolina  --  $19.24/hour

30. Florida  --  $19.30/hour

29. Iowa  --  $19.93/hour

28. Tennessee  --  $20.52/hour

27. Arkansas  --  $21.24/hour

26. Georgia  --  $21.37/hour

25. Colorado  --  $21.51/hour

24. North Dakota  --  $22.20/hour

23. Massachusetts  --  $22.25/hour

22. Wisconsin  --  $22.92/hour

21. Virginia  --  $22.97/hour

20. Texas  --  $22.97/hour

19. South Carolina  --  $22.99/hour

18. Mississippi  --  $23.52/hour

17. Minnesota  --  $25.23/hour

16. Nebraska  --  $26.15/hour

15. Connecticut  --  $26.29/hour

14. Kentucky  --  $26.61/hour

13. Ohio  --  $26.66/hour

12. Arizona  --  $26.66/hour

11. Pennsylvania  --  $27.17/hour

10. Louisiana--$27.70/hour

9. New York  --  $27.85/hour

8. West Virginia  --  $28.29/hour

7. Washington  --  $28.37/hour

6. New Mexico  --  $28.90/hour

5. Nevada  --  $28.91/hour

4. New Jersey  --  $31.71/hour

3. Missouri  --  $31.88/hour

2. Illinois  --  $40.48/hour

1. Indiana  --  $41.89/hour