Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

47-2131 Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall

Line and cover structures with insulating materials. May work with batt, roll, or blown insulation materials.


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)
24,170 4.4 % $17.71 $36,840 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.98 $12.38 $15.59 $20.48 $29.98
Annual Wage (2) $20,750 $25,760 $32,420 $42,610 $62,360


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 Finishing Contractors 16,880 2.68 $17.10 $35,570
Building Equipment Contractors 2,400 0.15 $20.80 $43,270
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 1,410 0.21 $18.50 $38,470
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,260 0.19 $21.39 $44,490
Residential Building Construction 460 0.08 $16.71 $34,750

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 16,880 2.68 $17.10 $35,570
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 1,410 0.21 $18.50 $38,470
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,260 0.19 $21.39 $44,490
Building Equipment Contractors 2,400 0.15 $20.80 $43,270
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers 240 0.13 $15.75 $32,760

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,260 0.19 $21.39 $44,490
Building Equipment Contractors 2,400 0.15 $20.80 $43,270
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 1,410 0.21 $18.50 $38,470
Building Finishing Contractors 16,880 2.68 $17.10 $35,570
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 30 0.02 $16.82 $34,990


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 2,080 0.20 1.07 $13.55 $28,180
California 1,460 0.10 0.55 $23.73 $49,350
New York 1,260 0.15 0.79 $20.96 $43,600
Florida 1,060 0.15 0.79 $15.61 $32,460
Illinois 990 0.18 0.95 $29.95 $62,290




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)
Utah 760 0.65 3.44 $14.44 $30,040
Montana 230 0.54 2.88 $16.49 $34,310
Alaska 160 0.51 2.73 $25.88 $53,840
Idaho 260 0.43 2.30 $13.44 $27,960
Missouri 960 0.37 1.96 $20.12 $41,850




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 990 0.18 0.95 $29.95 $62,290
Alaska 160 0.51 2.73 $25.88 $53,840
California 1,460 0.10 0.55 $23.73 $49,350
Washington 980 0.36 1.91 $22.27 $46,320
Michigan 550 0.14 0.76 $21.83 $45,400





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)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 730 0.33 1.73 $11.48 $23,880
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 630 0.46 2.44 $23.35 $48,570
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 620 0.24 1.28 $13.96 $29,030
Salt Lake City, UT 540 0.90 4.79 $15.07 $31,340
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 500 0.51 2.72 $15.62 $32,490
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 470 0.54 2.89 $20.37 $42,370
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 420 0.25 1.32 $16.36 $34,030
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 380 0.11 0.56 $34.61 $71,990
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 350 0.15 0.80 $14.23 $29,600
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 340 0.17 0.88 $14.48 $30,120




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)
Longview, TX 140 1.48 7.84 $13.55 $28,180
Farmington, NM 60 1.27 6.72 $13.84 $28,780
Lynchburg, VA 100 1.01 5.34 $14.98 $31,150
Salt Lake City, UT 540 0.90 4.79 $15.07 $31,340
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 160 0.82 4.38 $14.00 $29,130
Boise City-Nampa, ID 200 0.80 4.22 $13.89 $28,880
Anchorage, AK 120 0.74 3.91 $26.80 $55,740
Peoria, IL 110 0.66 3.52 $20.63 $42,910
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 60 0.64 3.42 $22.76 $47,350
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 470 0.54 2.89 $20.37 $42,370




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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 380 0.11 0.56 $34.61 $71,990
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 290 0.31 1.63 $32.58 $67,780
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $31.71 $65,950
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 110 0.11 0.56 $31.16 $64,820
Anchorage, AK 120 0.74 3.91 $26.80 $55,740
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $26.36 $54,820
Rockford, IL 60 0.46 2.46 $24.12 $50,170
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $23.57 $49,020
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY (8) (8) (8) $23.44 $48,750
Erie, PA 40 0.28 1.51 $23.42 $48,720

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.79 4.21 $17.70 $36,820
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.01 5.35 $13.94 $28,990
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 1.72 $17.84 $37,110
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 0.99 $19.98 $41,550
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 1.68 $16.79 $34,920

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)
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.01 5.35 $13.94 $28,990
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.79 4.21 $17.70 $36,820
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 1.68 $16.79 $34,920
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 1.72 $17.84 $37,110
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 0.99 $19.98 $41,550

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 Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 0.99 $19.98 $41,550
Kansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.89 $39,300
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 1.72 $17.84 $37,110
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.79 4.21 $17.70 $36,820
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 1.68 $16.79 $34,920


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.

(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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