Iron/Steel Contractor (Residential)

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.
License required by 30 states
38th most burdensome licensing requirements
38th most widely and onerously licensed occupation

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.

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Nevada 30 $1,078.25 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 18
2 California 30 $579.00 1,460 - 4 years 3 0 18
3 Arizona 30 $826.00 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 18
4 Hawaii 30 $615.00 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 18
5 Florida 30 $364.00 1,460 - 4 years 1 0 18
6 Massachusetts 30 $500.00 1,095 - 3 years 1 0 18
7 New Mexico 30 $317.76 730 - 2 years 2 0 18
8 Maryland 30 $433.00 730 - 2 years 1 0 18
9 Virginia 30 $320.00 731 8 clock hours 2 years 1 0 18
10 Utah 30 $354.00 733 20 clock hours 2 years 2 0 0
11 South Carolina 30 $270.00 365 - 1 years 2 0 0
12 Mississippi 30 $290.00 67 - 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
13 Oregon 30 $410.00 3 16 clock hours - 1 0 18
14 Louisiana 30 $460.00 0 - - 1 0 0
15 West Virginia 30 $174.00 0 - - 2 0 0
16 Rhode Island 30 $200.00 1 5 clock hours - 0 0 18
17 Alabama 30 $403.00 0 - - 1 0 0
18 North Dakota 30 $125.00 0 - - 0 0 18
19 Tennessee 30 $305.00 0 - - 1 0 0
20 D C 30 $442.20 0 - - 0 0 0
21 North Carolina 30 $145.00 0 - - 1 0 0
22 Alaska 30 $300.00 0 - - 0 0 0
23 Connecticut 30 $220.00 0 - - 0 0 0
24 Washington 30 $113.40 0 - - 0 0 0
25 New Jersey 30 $110.00 0 - - 0 0 0
26 Arkansas 30 $50.00 0 - - 0 0 0
26 Iowa 30 $50.00 0 - - 0 0 0
26 Pennsylvania 30 $50.00 0 - - 0 0 0
29 Idaho 30 $30.00 0 - - 0 0 0
30 Nebraska 30 $0.00 0 - - 0 0 0