Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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
Geographic 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)
19,030 6.4 % $26.80 $55,750 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.62 $19.70 $26.27 $33.01 $38.86
Annual Wage (2) $30,410 $40,970 $54,640 $68,650 $80,830


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonresidential Building Construction 4,790 0.72 $28.02 $58,280
Building Equipment Contractors 4,720 0.29 (8) (8)
Utility System Construction 2,220 0.58 $27.06 $56,280
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 1,360 1.61 $23.33 $48,520
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 870 0.12 $25.36 $52,760

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 1,360 1.61 $23.33 $48,520
Nonresidential Building Construction 4,790 0.72 $28.02 $58,280
Utility System Construction 2,220 0.58 $27.06 $56,280
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 840 0.49 $26.50 $55,120
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 300 0.30 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 80 0.06 $28.51 $59,310
Nonresidential Building Construction 4,790 0.72 $28.02 $58,280
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 210 0.19 $27.87 $57,980
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 90 0.02 $27.23 $56,640
Utility System Construction 2,220 0.58 $27.06 $56,280


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 3,540 0.35 2.34 $23.86 $49,630
Indiana 1,660 0.61 4.07 $28.09 $58,420
Illinois 1,330 0.24 1.61 $28.32 $58,900
Georgia 850 0.23 1.51 $22.20 $46,180
New York 820 0.10 0.65 $26.02 $54,130




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Indiana 1,660 0.61 4.07 $28.09 $58,420
West Virginia 420 0.60 4.03 $32.94 $68,510
Louisiana 660 0.36 2.40 (8) (8)
Texas 3,540 0.35 2.34 $23.86 $49,630
Kentucky 600 0.35 2.34 $23.88 $49,670




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska (8) (8) (8) $35.34 $73,510
West Virginia 420 0.60 4.03 $32.94 $68,510
Maryland 140 0.06 0.37 $32.55 $67,700
California 550 0.04 0.27 $32.33 $67,250
Michigan 400 0.11 0.71 $31.15 $64,790

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,160 0.46 3.09 $22.74 $47,290
St. Louis, MO-IL 880 0.70 4.69 $35.84 $74,540
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 690 0.81 5.41 $28.57 $59,430
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 590 0.27 1.80 $23.11 $48,060
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 410 1.59 10.64 $28.99 $60,310
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 350 0.60 4.01 $21.37 $44,450
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 330 0.79 5.27 $27.75 $57,710
Baton Rouge, LA 320 0.89 5.92 $26.03 $54,140
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 300 0.42 2.77 $21.90 $45,550
Tulsa, OK 240 0.60 4.01 $16.42 $34,160




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 140 2.19 14.64 $39.11 $81,350
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 410 1.59 10.64 $28.99 $60,310
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 240 1.54 10.25 $21.95 $45,650
Baton Rouge, LA 320 0.89 5.92 $26.03 $54,140
Chattanooga, TN-GA 180 0.83 5.53 $27.16 $56,490
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 690 0.81 5.41 $28.57 $59,430
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 330 0.79 5.27 $27.75 $57,710
Mobile, AL 120 0.71 4.72 $14.78 $30,750
St. Louis, MO-IL 880 0.70 4.69 $35.84 $74,540
Tulsa, OK 240 0.60 4.01 $16.42 $34,160




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $42.62 $88,650
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 140 2.19 14.64 $39.11 $81,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.63 $80,350
St. Louis, MO-IL 880 0.70 4.69 $35.84 $74,540
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $34.84 $72,460
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 80 0.09 0.59 $34.43 $71,620
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 80 0.09 0.58 $33.99 $70,690
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $33.22 $69,090
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $32.27 $67,120
Abilene, TX (8) (8) (8) $30.87 $64,200

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 2.87 19.13 $27.81 $57,850
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.49 3.26 $20.47 $42,570
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.27 1.83 $32.17 $66,900
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 2.18 $21.96 $45,680
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 1.64 $11.82 $24,580

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 2.87 19.13 $27.81 $57,850
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.49 3.26 $20.47 $42,570
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 2.18 $21.96 $45,680
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.27 1.83 $32.17 $66,900
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 1.64 $11.82 $24,580

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.27 1.83 $32.17 $66,900
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 2.87 19.13 $27.81 $57,850
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 2.18 $21.96 $45,680
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.49 3.26 $20.47 $42,570
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.04 $41,680


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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