Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

47-2130 Insulation Workers

This broad occupation includes the following two detailed occupations:

47-2131 Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall
Line and cover structures with insulating materials. May work with batt, roll, or blown insulation materials.

47-2132 Insulation Workers, Mechanical
Apply insulating materials to pipes or ductwork, or other mechanical systems in order to help control and maintain temperature.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
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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)
52,170 4.8 % $15.83 $32,940 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.55 $10.58 $14.04 $19.10 $26.60
Annual Wage (2) $17,780 $22,010 $29,190 $39,740 $55,320

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 finishing contractors 30,690 $15.22 $31,660 1 17
Building equipment contractors 8,080 $18.23 $37,910 2 8
Other specialty trade contractors 2,210 $16.96 $35,280 3 10
Nonresidential building construction 1,390 $17.45 $36,290 4 9
Ship and boat building 1,210 $15.48 $32,200 5 14

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Basic chemical manufacturing 50 $24.52 $51,000 19 1
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 60 $22.84 $47,500 16 2
Federal government (OES designation) 610 $22.09 $45,940 8 3
Elementary and secondary schools 30 $20.95 $43,570 20 4
Accounting and bookkeeping services 100 $20.05 $41,700 14 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 2,510 $14.09 $29,300 0.136% 382
Wyoming 260 $14.15 $29,430 0.108% 283
Alaska 280 $22.77 $47,360 0.096% 185
Vermont 250 $12.70 $26,420 0.086% 357
Montana 340 $13.95 $29,030 0.086% 323

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New York 1,060 $28.36 $58,980 0.013% 168
Alaska 280 $22.77 $47,360 0.096% 185
New Jersey 1,390 $22.45 $46,700 0.036% 272
Minnesota 710 $22.20 $46,170 0.027% 225
Missouri 890 $22.13 $46,030 0.034% 183

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
Decatur, AL MSA 440 $15.52 $32,280 0.830%
Brazoria, TX PMSA 550 $12.31 $25,610 0.728%
Bremerton, WA PMSA 280 $23.29 $48,440 0.380%
Victoria, TX MSA 100 $15.53 $32,300 0.291%
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX MSA 350 $14.81 $30,800 0.229%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 190 $28.68 $59,660 0.030%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 310 $27.00 $56,160 0.016%
St. Louis, MO-IL MSA 520 $26.49 $55,090 0.041%
Newark, NJ PMSA 350 $25.05 $52,100 0.036%
Chicago, IL PMSA 730 $24.67 $51,320 0.018%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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