Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
15,950 5.7 % $27.85 $57,920 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.66 $21.26 $27.74 $34.44 $40.69
Annual Wage (2) $34,650 $44,220 $57,690 $71,630 $84,630


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 4,740 0.27 $30.68 $63,820
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 2,140 2.20 $22.54 $46,890
Utility System Construction 1,790 0.40 $29.85 $62,100
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 1,170 0.60 $26.21 $54,510
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 520 0.07 (8) (8)

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 2,140 2.20 $22.54 $46,890
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 1,170 0.60 $26.21 $54,510
Utility System Construction 1,790 0.40 $29.85 $62,100
Building Equipment Contractors 4,740 0.27 $30.68 $63,820
Ship and Boat Building 170 0.13 $22.56 $46,930

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 90 0.03 $31.80 $66,140
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 60 0.06 $31.15 $64,790
Building Equipment Contractors 4,740 0.27 $30.68 $63,820
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 120 0.12 $30.36 $63,150
Utility System Construction 1,790 0.40 $29.85 $62,100


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 2,550 0.23 1.95 $25.60 $53,240
Indiana 2,190 0.77 6.39 $30.36 $63,150
Ohio 1,190 0.23 1.93 $28.91 $60,130
Illinois 670 0.12 0.97 $33.28 $69,220
Mississippi 600 0.55 4.58 $24.97 $51,950




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)
Wyoming 320 1.15 9.52 $31.33 $65,160
Indiana 2,190 0.77 6.39 $30.36 $63,150
Mississippi 600 0.55 4.58 $24.97 $51,950
Montana 180 0.41 3.42 $30.06 $62,530
Louisiana 500 0.26 2.20 $20.92 $43,510




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 510 0.03 0.29 $37.04 $77,030
Utah (8) (8) (8) $35.82 $74,500
New York 440 0.05 0.42 $33.80 $70,300
Illinois 670 0.12 0.97 $33.28 $69,220
Wyoming 320 1.15 9.52 $31.33 $65,160





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 990 0.36 2.99 $24.50 $50,970
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 830 0.91 7.53 $31.41 $65,340
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 570 3.63 30.19 $28.54 $59,360
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 410 0.41 3.41 $24.55 $51,070
Baton Rouge, LA 380 1.04 8.64 $19.85 $41,290
Chattanooga, TN-GA 360 1.58 13.13 $29.94 $62,270
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 350 1.29 10.74 $30.29 $63,000
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 260 0.07 0.58 $34.29 $71,320
Worcester, MA-CT 220 0.90 7.51 $29.27 $60,880
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 140 0.19 1.61 $21.26 $44,210




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)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 570 3.63 30.19 $28.54 $59,360
Chattanooga, TN-GA 360 1.58 13.13 $29.94 $62,270
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 350 1.29 10.74 $30.29 $63,000
Baton Rouge, LA 380 1.04 8.64 $19.85 $41,290
Billings, MT 80 0.99 8.26 $29.89 $62,170
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 830 0.91 7.53 $31.41 $65,340
Worcester, MA-CT 220 0.90 7.51 $29.27 $60,880
Corpus Christi, TX 130 0.68 5.63 $24.92 $51,840
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 410 0.41 3.41 $24.55 $51,070
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 990 0.36 2.99 $24.50 $50,970




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 40 0.01 0.08 $40.69 $84,630
Salt Lake City, UT (8) (8) (8) $39.41 $81,980
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.12 0.96 $38.53 $80,150
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $36.27 $75,430
Springfield, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $35.60 $74,040
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 260 0.07 0.58 $34.29 $71,320
Akron, OH 70 0.20 1.70 $33.25 $69,170
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) $32.44 $67,480
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 830 0.91 7.53 $31.41 $65,340
Greeley, CO (8) (8) (8) $30.90 $64,280

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)
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 110 1.74 14.50 $28.37 $59,010
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 1.07 $27.51 $57,220

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)
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 110 1.74 14.50 $28.37 $59,010
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 1.07 $27.51 $57,220

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 (8) (8) (8) $34.38 $71,510
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.16 $68,980
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 110 1.74 14.50 $28.37 $59,010
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 1.07 $27.51 $57,220


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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