Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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
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)
28,100 4.5 % $20.49 $42,620 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.03 $14.55 $18.10 $24.87 $33.88
Annual Wage (2) $25,030 $30,270 $37,650 $51,740 $70,470


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)
Building Equipment Contractors 16,520 1.00 $20.92 $43,510
Building Finishing Contractors 7,600 1.14 $19.18 $39,890
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 980 0.18 (8) (8)
Utility System Construction 750 0.19 $20.69 $43,030
Ship and Boat Building 630 0.50 $20.77 $43,200

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Finishing Contractors 7,600 1.14 $19.18 $39,890
Building Equipment Contractors 16,520 1.00 $20.92 $43,510
Ship and Boat Building 630 0.50 $20.77 $43,200
Utility System Construction 750 0.19 $20.69 $43,030
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 220 0.19 $25.68 $53,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) (8) $27.26 $56,690
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.04 $25.86 $53,790
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 390 0.02 $25.83 $53,730
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 220 0.19 $25.68 $53,420
Building Equipment Contractors 16,520 1.00 $20.92 $43,510


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 3,640 0.36 1.63 $17.16 $35,700
Louisiana 1,930 1.06 4.78 $17.86 $37,140
Florida 1,620 0.23 1.03 $17.10 $35,560
Virginia 1,460 0.41 1.87 $18.66 $38,810
California 1,430 0.10 0.46 $23.05 $47,940




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)
Louisiana 1,930 1.06 4.78 $17.86 $37,140
Wyoming 230 0.86 3.89 $16.94 $35,230
Delaware 330 0.83 3.76 $21.68 $45,090
Alabama 1,330 0.74 3.34 $15.62 $32,500
North Dakota 230 0.65 2.92 $16.11 $33,510




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 630 0.11 0.51 $33.65 $69,990
Minnesota 650 0.25 1.15 $33.40 $69,470
Hawaii 170 0.29 1.32 $31.71 $65,960
Pennsylvania 620 0.11 0.51 $31.60 $65,730
Missouri 740 0.29 1.29 $29.94 $62,270

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)
Baton Rouge, LA 1,580 4.45 20.14 $17.35 $36,080
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,470 0.59 2.67 $18.17 $37,800
St. Louis, MO-IL 660 0.52 2.37 $31.01 $64,510
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 660 0.92 4.15 $21.55 $44,810
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 590 0.55 2.47 $16.35 $34,000
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 590 0.27 1.22 $17.47 $36,340
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 560 0.33 1.50 $35.49 $73,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 420 0.11 0.49 $22.14 $46,060
Richmond, VA 410 0.71 3.22 $15.62 $32,490
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 390 0.29 1.32 $27.20 $56,570




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)
Pascagoula, MS 250 4.52 20.45 (8) (8)
Baton Rouge, LA 1,580 4.45 20.14 $17.35 $36,080
Odessa, TX 240 4.22 19.09 $16.17 $33,640
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 120 2.56 11.59 $14.92 $31,030
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 170 1.13 5.09 $20.11 $41,830
Greensboro-High Point, NC 360 1.08 4.87 $13.27 $27,590
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 120 1.02 4.59 (8) (8)
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 660 0.92 4.15 $21.55 $44,810
St. Cloud, MN 70 0.79 3.56 $22.39 $46,560
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 230 0.72 3.26 $22.45 $46,700




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)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 50 0.03 0.11 $38.96 $81,040
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 100 0.08 0.37 $36.66 $76,260
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 280 0.08 0.35 $36.34 $75,580
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 560 0.33 1.50 $35.49 $73,820
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 160 0.10 0.44 $33.81 $70,330
Honolulu, HI 170 0.40 1.79 $31.71 $65,960
Pittsburgh, PA (8) (8) (8) $31.36 $65,220
St. Louis, MO-IL 660 0.52 2.37 $31.01 $64,510
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA (8) (8) (8) $30.65 $63,750
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 120 0.28 1.25 $28.52 $59,320

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.47 2.12 $25.18 $52,370
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.31 1.39 $16.14 $33,580
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.36 1.64 $27.81 $57,850

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.47 2.12 $25.18 $52,370
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.36 1.64 $27.81 $57,850
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.31 1.39 $16.14 $33,580

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)
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.36 1.64 $27.81 $57,850
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.47 2.12 $25.18 $52,370
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.02 $45,800
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.29 $40,130
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.31 1.39 $16.14 $33,580


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

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

Recommend this page using: