Iron/Steel Contractor (Residential)

License required by 30 states

38th most burdensome licensing requirements.

38th most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

Iron and steel contractors contract with clients to raise, place and unite iron or steel girders, columns and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. They may also erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings.

Typically, only contractors require licenses, not the steel fabricators or welders who work for them. In some states, licensing requirements differ based on the setting. Those with a residential license may work only on residential properties, while those with a commercial license may work on commercial properties. Other states require the same license regardless of the setting, and this report records that license in both settings. Many states have contract minimums before the contractor’s license applies. See Appendix B for details.

Thirty states license iron and steel contractors working on residential properties. On average, states require over a year (392 days) of education and experience, $318 in fees, and about one exam. All in all, 18 states require at least one exam (California requires three). These requirements rank as the 38th most burdensome.

States With Licenses

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Nevada 30 $1,078 1460 4 years 2 0 18
2 California 30 $579 1460 4 years 3 0 18
3 Arizona 30 $826 1460 4 years 2 0 18
4 Hawaii 30 $615 1460 4 years 2 0 18
5 Florida 30 $364 1460 4 years 1 0 18
6 Massachusetts 30 $500 1095 3 years 1 0 18
7 New Mexico 30 $318 730 2 years 2 0 18
8 Maryland 30 $433 730 2 years 1 0 18
9 Virginia 30 $320 731 8 clock hours 2 years 1 0 18
10 Utah 30 $354 733 20 clock hours 2 years 2 0 0
11 South Carolina 30 $270 365 1 years 2 0 0
12 Mississippi 30 $290 67 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
13 Oregon 30 $410 3 16 clock hours 1 0 18
14 Louisiana 30 $460 0 1 0 0
15 West Virginia 30 $174 0 2 0 0
16 Rhode Island 30 $200 1 5 clock hours 0 0 18
17 Alabama 30 $403 0 1 0 0
18 North Dakota 30 $125 0 0 0 18
19 Tennessee 30 $305 0 1 0 0
20 D C 30 $442 0 0 0 0
21 North Carolina 30 $145 0 1 0 0
22 Alaska 30 $300 0 0 0 0
23 Connecticut 30 $220 0 0 0 0
24 Washington 30 $113 0 0 0 0
25 New Jersey 30 $110 0 0 0 0
26 Arkansas 30 $50 0 0 0 0
26 Iowa 30 $50 0 0 0 0
26 Pennsylvania 30 $50 0 0 0 0
29 Idaho 30 $30 0 0 0 0
30 Nebraska 30 $0 0 0 0 0

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