Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
28,220 4.9 % $21.48 $44,680 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.32 $15.13 $18.83 $25.91 $36.24
Annual Wage (2) $25,630 $31,470 $39,170 $53,890 $75,390


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 15,540 0.93 $21.88 $45,520
Building Finishing Contractors 6,640 1.06 $20.83 $43,320
Nonresidential Building Construction 800 0.12 $18.31 $38,080
Utility System Construction 590 0.14 $20.41 $42,450
Support Activities for Mining 550 0.15 $14.02 $29,170

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 6,640 1.06 $20.83 $43,320
Building Equipment Contractors 15,540 0.93 $21.88 $45,520
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 290 0.23 $29.14 $60,610
Support Activities for Mining 550 0.15 $14.02 $29,170
Utility System Construction 590 0.14 $20.41 $42,450

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 290 0.23 $29.14 $60,610
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 400 0.02 $25.27 $52,570
Other Specialty Trade Contractors (8) (8) $21.98 $45,710
Building Equipment Contractors 15,540 0.93 $21.88 $45,520
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction (8) (8) $21.11 $43,910


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 5,150 0.49 2.25 $16.90 $35,160
Louisiana 2,830 1.51 6.99 $18.83 $39,170
Illinois 1,530 0.27 1.25 $33.65 $69,990
Virginia 1,500 0.42 1.93 $17.78 $36,980
Florida 950 0.13 0.60 $17.14 $35,640




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 2,830 1.51 6.99 $18.83 $39,170
Wyoming 220 0.79 3.67 $20.91 $43,500
Delaware 270 0.67 3.08 $23.95 $49,810
North Dakota 230 0.57 2.61 $18.65 $38,780
West Virginia 360 0.51 2.36 $27.64 $57,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 1,530 0.27 1.25 $33.65 $69,990
Minnesota 440 0.17 0.77 $32.54 $67,680
Hawaii (8) (8) (8) $32.43 $67,440
Oregon (8) (8) (8) $32.38 $67,340
Nevada 160 0.14 0.66 $31.43 $65,370





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 2,010 0.76 3.52 $17.61 $36,640
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 810 0.22 1.03 $33.40 $69,480
Richmond, VA 590 0.99 4.58 $15.12 $31,450
Odessa, TX 520 7.65 35.33 $14.28 $29,700
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 490 0.35 1.61 $26.62 $55,370
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 360 0.60 2.77 $21.91 $45,580
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 350 0.31 1.45 $16.69 $34,710
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 340 0.07 0.31 $31.09 $64,660
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 310 0.13 0.62 $20.61 $42,860
St. Louis, MO-IL 310 0.24 1.12 $31.45 $65,410




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 520 7.65 35.33 $14.28 $29,700
Decatur, AL 150 2.89 13.35 $19.85 $41,290
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 110 2.35 10.87 $17.35 $36,080
Longview, TX 170 1.72 7.93 $16.42 $34,160
Sherman-Denison, TX 50 1.13 5.22 $14.50 $30,170
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 140 1.10 5.10 $21.16 $44,020
Richmond, VA 590 0.99 4.58 $15.12 $31,450
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 70 0.98 4.53 $15.34 $31,910
Billings, MT 70 0.86 3.99 $24.63 $51,220
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,010 0.76 3.52 $17.61 $36,640




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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 210 0.12 0.54 $38.64 $80,370
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 140 0.16 0.72 $38.44 $79,960
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $37.67 $78,340
Worcester, MA-CT 50 0.21 0.99 $37.45 $77,890
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA (8) (8) (8) $33.50 $69,680
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 810 0.22 1.03 $33.40 $69,480
Honolulu, HI (8) (8) (8) $32.43 $67,440
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 150 0.18 0.85 $31.56 $65,640
St. Louis, MO-IL 310 0.24 1.12 $31.45 $65,410
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 0.41 $31.42 $65,360

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 Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 130 2.04 9.42 $21.05 $43,780
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.42 1.95 $25.04 $52,080
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.29 1.36 $18.76 $39,010
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.23 1.05 $18.18 $37,810
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.31 6.04 $22.01 $45,770

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)
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 130 2.04 9.42 $21.05 $43,780
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.31 6.04 $22.01 $45,770
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.42 1.95 $25.04 $52,080
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 1.45 $19.35 $40,260
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.29 1.36 $18.76 $39,010

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 Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.42 1.95 $25.04 $52,080
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.31 6.04 $22.01 $45,770
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 130 2.04 9.42 $21.05 $43,780
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 1.45 $19.35 $40,260
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.29 1.36 $18.76 $39,010


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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