Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
28,600 4.8 % $20.78 $43,220 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.09 $14.72 $18.27 $24.88 $34.16
Annual Wage (2) $25,140 $30,610 $37,990 $51,750 $71,050


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 15,590 0.95 $21.26 $44,230
Building Finishing Contractors 7,590 1.20 $19.36 $40,260
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,530 0.29 $20.77 $43,200
Utility System Construction 920 0.23 $20.57 $42,790
Ship and Boat Building 690 0.56 $22.20 $46,180

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 7,590 1.20 $19.36 $40,260
Building Equipment Contractors 15,590 0.95 $21.26 $44,230
Ship and Boat Building 690 0.56 $22.20 $46,180
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,530 0.29 $20.77 $43,200
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 280 0.23 $27.71 $57,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 250 0.04 $33.53 $69,730
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 280 0.23 $27.71 $57,640
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 400 0.02 $25.54 $53,130
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.03 $25.51 $53,070
Ship and Boat Building 690 0.56 $22.20 $46,180


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 4,730 0.46 2.06 $16.77 $34,880
Louisiana 2,130 1.16 5.20 $17.70 $36,820
Virginia 1,620 0.46 2.05 $18.50 $38,480
Florida 1,420 0.20 0.89 $17.14 $35,660
Georgia 1,080 0.29 1.28 $16.97 $35,290




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)
Louisiana 2,130 1.16 5.20 $17.70 $36,820
Wyoming 240 0.88 3.94 $18.48 $38,430
Maine 360 0.63 2.83 $17.24 $35,860
Alabama 1,010 0.56 2.51 $14.81 $30,800
West Virginia 350 0.50 2.22 $24.11 $50,150




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 190 0.05 0.22 $36.64 $76,220
Pennsylvania 410 0.07 0.33 $34.95 $72,700
Minnesota 640 0.25 1.10 $34.74 $72,250
Hawaii (8) (8) (8) $32.35 $67,290
Missouri 510 0.20 0.88 $31.66 $65,860





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 2,000 0.78 3.52 $17.99 $37,420
Baton Rouge, LA 1,600 4.50 20.18 $16.70 $34,740
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 720 1.00 4.48 $21.92 $45,600
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 690 0.31 1.40 $17.77 $36,960
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 540 0.40 1.77 $28.53 $59,340
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 520 0.48 2.14 $16.73 $34,800
Odessa, TX 500 8.09 36.30 $14.49 $30,150
Richmond, VA 490 0.84 3.76 $15.47 $32,180
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 460 0.13 0.58 $32.45 $67,490
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 430 0.53 2.39 $21.90 $45,550




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)
Odessa, TX 500 8.09 36.30 $14.49 $30,150
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 230 4.98 22.33 $14.62 $30,420
Baton Rouge, LA 1,600 4.50 20.18 $16.70 $34,740
Decatur, AL 150 2.94 13.19 $19.66 $40,900
Waco, TX 180 1.85 8.29 $13.90 $28,910
Wilmington, NC 240 1.80 8.08 $15.92 $33,120
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 140 1.06 4.77 $21.94 $45,640
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 720 1.00 4.48 $21.92 $45,600
El Paso, TX 270 0.99 4.42 $15.08 $31,380
Richmond, VA 490 0.84 3.76 $15.47 $32,180




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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 320 0.19 0.83 $43.03 $89,500
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $39.60 $82,370
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $36.69 $76,320
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 280 0.06 0.25 $35.58 $74,010
St. Louis, MO-IL 350 0.28 1.23 $34.23 $71,200
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 460 0.13 0.58 $32.45 $67,490
Honolulu, HI (8) (8) (8) $32.35 $67,290
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 60 0.08 0.36 $28.65 $59,590
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 540 0.40 1.77 $28.53 $59,340
Kansas City, MO-KS 150 0.15 0.69 $27.62 $57,440

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 140 0.51 2.30 $21.07 $43,820
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 140 0.62 2.77 $24.19 $50,310
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.38 1.70 (8) (8)
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.56 6.99 $21.46 $44,640
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 2.14 $16.10 $33,490

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)
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.56 6.99 $21.46 $44,640
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 140 0.62 2.77 $24.19 $50,310
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 140 0.51 2.30 $21.07 $43,820
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 2.14 $16.10 $33,490
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.38 1.70 (8) (8)

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 (8) (8) (8) $38.13 $79,300
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 140 0.62 2.77 $24.19 $50,310
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.10 $48,050
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.56 6.99 $21.46 $44,640
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 140 0.51 2.30 $21.07 $43,820


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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