Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2007

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)
18,650 5.5 % $24.72 $51,420 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.82 $19.31 $24.38 $30.21 $35.57
Annual Wage (2) $32,910 $40,170 $50,700 $62,840 $73,980

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Building Equipment Contractors 4,160 $25.70 $53,450
Nonresidential Building Construction 4,010 $25.78 $53,620
Utility System Construction 1,260 $26.56 $55,250
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 850 $26.97 $56,090
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 720 $24.96 $51,920

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing (8) $30.29 $63,010
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 330 $28.99 $60,300
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 70 $28.26 $58,780
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 130 $27.49 $57,180
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 850 $26.97 $56,090

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Louisiana 800 $21.94 $45,630 0.043%
Indiana 1,240 $24.00 $49,920 0.042%
Texas 3,200 $23.61 $49,110 0.032%
Virginia 910 $22.22 $46,220 0.025%
Missouri 670 $21.41 $44,530 0.025%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Delaware (8) $30.11 $62,640 (8)
West Virginia 40 $29.56 $61,480 0.006%
California 770 $29.47 $61,290 0.005%
Illinois 1,110 $29.38 $61,110 0.019%
Maryland 230 $28.67 $59,640 0.009%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Evansville, IN-KY 390 $25.41 $52,850 0.226%
Baton Rouge, LA 510 $22.71 $47,240 0.142%
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 350 $27.37 $56,920 0.127%
Akron, OH 350 $32.37 $67,340 0.105%
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 110 $22.17 $46,120 0.085%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Akron, OH 350 $32.37 $67,340 0.105%
Edison, NJ Metropolitan Division 190 $32.09 $66,750 0.019%
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 180 $31.91 $66,370 0.004%
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 110 $31.16 $64,810 0.028%
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) $30.42 $63,270 (8)

About May 2007 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2007 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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May 2007 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

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Last Modified Date: April 3, 2008

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