Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

47-2011 Boilermakers

Construct, assemble, maintain, and repair stationary steam boilers and boiler house auxiliaries. Align structures or plate sections to assemble boiler frame tanks or vats, following blueprints. Work involves use of hand and power tools, plumb bobs, levels, wedges, dogs, or turnbuckles. Assist in testing assembled vessels. Direct cleaning of boilers and boiler furnaces. Inspect and repair boiler fittings, such as safety valves, regulators, automatic-control mechanisms, water columns, and auxiliary machines.

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
20,270 5.6 % $20.92 $43,510 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.96 $17.06 $20.79 $25.13 $29.43
Annual Wage (2) $26,970 $35,470 $43,240 $52,270 $61,210

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Building equipment contractors 5,110 $22.48 $46,750 1 7
Building foundation and exterior contractors 1,180 $21.04 $43,760 2 16
Boiler, tank, and shipping container mfg. 950 $16.77 $34,880 3 28
Ship and boat building 680 $16.63 $34,590 4 29
Utility system construction 560 $21.49 $44,700 5 12

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Basic chemical manufacturing 70 $24.52 $51,010 20 1
Other heavy construction 290 $24.30 $50,540 9 2
Resin, rubber, and artificial fibers mfg. 40 $23.71 $49,310 23 3
Power generation and supply (6) $23.52 $48,930 (6) 4
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 180 $23.11 $48,060 12 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Louisiana 890 $19.30 $40,140 0.048% 215
Mississippi 460 $19.24 $40,010 0.042% 182
Montana 160 $23.32 $48,510 0.040% 96
Tennessee 900 $19.26 $40,070 0.034% 216
Texas 2,610 $19.49 $40,540 0.028% 268

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New Jersey 450 $27.01 $56,170 0.012% 184
Hawaii 60 $25.65 $53,350 0.011% 110
Minnesota 440 $25.37 $52,760 0.017% 161
Washington 260 $25.03 $52,070 0.010% 193
Michigan 750 $24.84 $51,670 0.017% 174

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Corpus Christi, TX MSA 630 $18.15 $37,740 0.401%
Lake Charles, LA MSA 140 $20.04 $41,690 0.172%
Evansville-Henderson, IN-KY MSA 250 $19.87 $41,330 0.163%
Chattanooga, TN-GA MSA 270 $19.33 $40,200 0.124%
Baton Rouge, LA MSA 290 $18.73 $38,950 0.098%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Chicago, IL PMSA 990 $27.96 $58,160 0.025%
St. Louis, MO-IL MSA 320 $27.08 $56,330 0.025%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 80 $26.62 $55,380 0.002%
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 220 $26.48 $55,080 0.013%
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA PMSA (6) $26.47 $55,050 (6)

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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