Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
22,540 4.4 % $17.49 $36,390 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.09 $12.29 $15.56 $19.68 $28.58
Annual Wage (2) $20,990 $25,570 $32,360 $40,940 $59,440


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 16,440 2.62 $16.71 $34,760
Building Equipment Contractors 2,340 0.14 $20.96 $43,600
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 960 0.14 $20.99 $43,650
Nonresidential Building Construction 840 0.13 $19.73 $41,030
Residential Building Construction 460 0.08 $17.47 $36,330

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 16,440 2.62 $16.71 $34,760
Building Equipment Contractors 2,340 0.14 $20.96 $43,600
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 960 0.14 $20.99 $43,650
Nonresidential Building Construction 840 0.13 $19.73 $41,030
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers 160 0.09 $12.32 $25,620

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 50 0.04 $27.33 $56,850
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 240 0.04 $22.80 $47,430
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 960 0.14 $20.99 $43,650
Building Equipment Contractors 2,340 0.14 $20.96 $43,600
Nonresidential Building Construction 840 0.13 $19.73 $41,030


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 1,740 0.16 0.95 $13.61 $28,300
California 1,470 0.10 0.59 $19.97 $41,530
New York 1,060 0.12 0.71 $21.97 $45,700
North Carolina 930 0.24 1.38 $14.65 $30,470
Florida 900 0.12 0.72 $15.89 $33,050




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)
Alaska 220 0.70 4.04 $22.56 $46,920
Delaware 230 0.56 3.22 $18.09 $37,630
Montana 220 0.51 2.94 $16.46 $34,230
Maine 260 0.44 2.55 $17.54 $36,490
Louisiana 810 0.43 2.50 $18.55 $38,580




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 890 0.16 0.91 $29.71 $61,800
Alaska 220 0.70 4.04 $22.56 $46,920
New York 1,060 0.12 0.71 $21.97 $45,700
West Virginia 100 0.14 0.82 $21.22 $44,150
Connecticut 50 0.03 0.18 $20.91 $43,490





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 620 0.49 2.81 $24.91 $51,820
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 460 0.13 0.73 $35.48 $73,790
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 450 0.45 2.61 $13.73 $28,560
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 410 0.18 1.02 $14.45 $30,050
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 410 0.15 0.89 $13.27 $27,610
Oklahoma City, OK 300 0.52 2.99 $16.05 $33,390
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 260 0.12 0.72 $13.65 $28,400
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 260 0.21 1.19 $17.72 $36,860
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 230 0.13 0.78 $17.69 $36,800
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 230 0.26 1.52 $14.74 $30,670




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)
Anchorage, AK 170 1.01 5.82 $21.98 $45,710
Lubbock, TX 130 1.00 5.76 $13.09 $27,220
Fargo, ND-MN 110 0.84 4.86 $17.26 $35,900
Lynchburg, VA 80 0.78 4.53 $14.39 $29,920
Abilene, TX 50 0.78 4.49 $13.23 $27,520
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 60 0.71 4.08 $23.43 $48,740
Peoria, IL 120 0.66 3.84 (8) (8)
Missoula, MT 30 0.61 3.54 $12.62 $26,260
Barnstable Town, MA 50 0.56 3.24 $17.53 $36,470
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 110 0.54 3.11 $16.17 $33,640




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 460 0.13 0.73 $35.48 $73,790
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $28.10 $58,440
St. Louis, MO-IL 620 0.49 2.81 $24.91 $51,820
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 60 0.71 4.08 $23.43 $48,740
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY (8) (8) (8) $23.00 $47,840
Kansas City, MO-KS 150 0.16 0.90 $22.78 $47,380
Anchorage, AK 170 1.01 5.82 $21.98 $45,710
Baton Rouge, LA (8) (8) (8) $21.92 $45,600
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $21.50 $44,730
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $20.39 $42,410

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)
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 120 1.18 6.81 $14.88 $30,950
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.80 4.60 $17.09 $35,550
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 0.49 2.81 $19.37 $40,300
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.24 1.38 $12.45 $25,900
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.90 5.20 $18.01 $37,470

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 Colorado nonmetropolitan area 120 1.18 6.81 $14.88 $30,950
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.90 5.20 $18.01 $37,470
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.80 4.60 $17.09 $35,550
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.64 3.72 $15.02 $31,240
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 0.49 2.81 $19.37 $40,300

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)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.33 $42,280
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 0.49 2.81 $19.37 $40,300
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.06 $39,640
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.90 5.20 $18.01 $37,470
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 40 0.44 2.52 $17.69 $36,790


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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