Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
18,850 6.6 % $27.23 $56,650 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.43 $20.27 $27.36 $33.73 $39.37
Annual Wage (2) $32,090 $42,170 $56,910 $70,150 $81,880


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 4,880 0.30 $31.24 $64,970
Utility System Construction 1,850 0.47 $28.91 $60,120
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 1,720 1.99 $21.21 $44,110
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 1,130 0.62 $29.00 $60,320
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 1,020 0.32 $18.16 $37,770

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 1,720 1.99 $21.21 $44,110
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 1,130 0.62 $29.00 $60,320
Utility System Construction 1,850 0.47 $28.91 $60,120
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 1,020 0.32 $18.16 $37,770
Building Equipment Contractors 4,880 0.30 $31.24 $64,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 4,880 0.30 $31.24 $64,970
Local Government (OES Designation) 90 (7) $31.23 $64,960
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 1,130 0.62 $29.00 $60,320
Utility System Construction 1,850 0.47 $28.91 $60,120
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 690 0.10 $28.47 $59,210


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 3,550 0.34 2.35 $23.38 $48,620
Indiana 1,930 0.70 4.77 $29.65 $61,670
Illinois 1,400 0.25 1.71 $28.08 $58,400
Ohio 1,040 0.21 1.42 $27.59 $57,390
New York 850 0.10 0.69 $27.39 $56,970




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 1,930 0.70 4.77 $29.65 $61,670
West Virginia 420 0.60 4.09 $34.00 $70,730
North Dakota 200 0.54 3.65 $30.06 $62,530
Mississippi 460 0.43 2.92 $20.54 $42,720
Texas 3,550 0.34 2.35 $23.38 $48,620




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Missouri 780 0.30 2.05 $42.15 $87,670
Maryland 140 0.06 0.39 $34.52 $71,810
West Virginia 420 0.60 4.09 $34.00 $70,730
California 540 0.04 0.26 $33.53 $69,730
Alaska (8) (8) (8) $33.10 $68,850





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)
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,120 0.88 5.98 $38.28 $79,630
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,100 0.43 2.92 $22.30 $46,390
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 700 2.70 18.40 $30.08 $62,570
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 440 0.50 3.43 $30.31 $63,040
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 330 0.79 5.36 $29.39 $61,120
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 330 0.34 2.34 $25.87 $53,800
Baton Rouge, LA 310 0.87 5.94 $26.45 $55,020
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 300 0.14 0.93 $28.78 $59,870
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 250 0.05 0.34 $27.64 $57,480
Tulsa, OK 240 0.60 4.06 $16.72 $34,780




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)
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 700 2.70 18.40 $30.08 $62,570
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 230 1.51 10.27 $22.70 $47,230
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,120 0.88 5.98 $38.28 $79,630
Baton Rouge, LA 310 0.87 5.94 $26.45 $55,020
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 330 0.79 5.36 $29.39 $61,120
Tulsa, OK 240 0.60 4.06 $16.72 $34,780
Worcester, MA-CT 130 0.54 3.71 $29.56 $61,490
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 440 0.50 3.43 $30.31 $63,040
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,100 0.43 2.92 $22.30 $46,390
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 240 0.42 2.83 $23.04 $47,920




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.05 0.37 $40.83 $84,920
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) $40.76 $84,780
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH (8) (8) (8) $39.84 $82,870
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,120 0.88 5.98 $38.28 $79,630
Billings, MT (8) (8) (8) $38.07 $79,190
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 70 0.07 0.50 $36.91 $76,780
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $31.29 $65,090
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $31.23 $64,970
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.42 $30.61 $63,660
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 440 0.50 3.43 $30.31 $63,040

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.30 2.02 $33.07 $68,780

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.30 2.02 $33.07 $68,780

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 70 0.30 2.02 $33.07 $68,780
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.88 $64,240
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.10 $52,210
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.03 $41,650
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.32 $31,870


About May 2011 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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