Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
17,640 6.6 % $22.91 $47,640 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.35 $18.20 $22.50 $27.59 $33.07
Annual Wage (2) $29,850 $37,860 $46,810 $57,390 $68,800

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Building equipment contractors 5,170 $23.81 $49,520
Nonresidential building construction 3,610 $24.28 $50,490
Utility system construction 850 $22.92 $47,680
Boiler, tank, and shipping container mfg. 830 $18.04 $37,520
Building foundation and exterior contractors 760 $25.50 $53,040

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other heavy construction (7) $25.91 $53,900
Basic chemical manufacturing 70 $25.69 $53,430
Building foundation and exterior contractors 760 $25.50 $53,040
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 260 $24.96 $51,910
Management of companies and enterprises 140 $24.84 $51,660

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
New Mexico 390 $19.60 $40,770 0.052%
Delaware 180 $28.45 $59,180 0.043%
Louisiana 550 $20.25 $42,120 0.029%
Georgia 1,040 $19.33 $40,210 0.027%
West Virginia 160 $24.41 $50,780 0.023%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Illinois 1,340 $28.99 $60,290 0.023%
Delaware 180 $28.45 $59,180 0.043%
New York 620 $28.40 $59,080 0.007%
Missouri 590 $26.76 $55,660 0.022%
Minnesota 300 $26.42 $54,950 0.011%

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
Evansville-Henderson, IN-KY MSA 310 $20.24 $42,090 0.204%
Fitchburg-Leominster, MA PMSA 30 $19.80 $41,180 0.060%
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX MSA 80 $17.92 $37,280 0.053%
Wilmington-Newark, DE-MD PMSA 160 $29.39 $61,130 0.052%
Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA-NC MSA 310 $15.87 $33,010 0.043%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New York, NY PMSA 360 $30.53 $63,510 0.009%
Chicago, IL PMSA 1,030 $29.66 $61,690 0.026%
Wilmington-Newark, DE-MD PMSA 160 $29.39 $61,130 0.052%
St. Louis, MO-IL MSA 310 $28.46 $59,190 0.024%
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 140 $27.44 $57,070 0.022%

About November 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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