Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
17,210 5.4 % $28.93 $60,170 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.31 $22.43 $28.78 $35.68 $41.98
Annual Wage (2) $36,000 $46,660 $59,860 $74,200 $87,320


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 5,190 0.29 $30.74 $63,930
Utility System Construction 2,150 0.46 $30.83 $64,120
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 1,350 1.39 $23.14 $48,130
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 900 0.45 $23.32 $48,500
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 490 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 1,350 1.39 $23.14 $48,130
Utility System Construction 2,150 0.46 $30.83 $64,120
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 900 0.45 $23.32 $48,500
Building Equipment Contractors 5,190 0.29 $30.74 $63,930
Rail Transportation 290 0.13 $28.51 $59,300

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 50 0.01 $34.37 $71,490
Building Finishing Contractors 70 0.01 $33.08 $68,810
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 80 0.07 $31.83 $66,210
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 110 0.02 $31.57 $65,660
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 290 0.03 $31.12 $64,730


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 2,590 0.23 1.81 $26.97 $56,100
Indiana 1,800 0.62 4.87 $31.60 $65,720
Illinois 950 0.16 1.29 $30.90 $64,270
Louisiana 930 0.48 3.80 $24.58 $51,130
Ohio 760 0.15 1.15 $26.75 $55,640




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)
Wyoming 370 1.30 10.19 $32.84 $68,300
North Dakota 450 1.02 7.97 $29.22 $60,780
Indiana 1,800 0.62 4.87 $31.60 $65,720
Louisiana 930 0.48 3.80 $24.58 $51,130
Montana 160 0.35 2.78 $28.93 $60,180




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 650 0.04 0.34 $36.71 $76,350
Utah 360 0.28 2.21 $35.37 $73,560
Missouri (8) (8) (8) $34.78 $72,340
New York 480 0.05 0.43 $33.81 $70,330
New Hampshire 200 0.31 2.45 $33.77 $70,250





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 1,030 0.36 2.84 $26.28 $54,670
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 700 0.75 5.87 $33.69 $70,080
Baton Rouge, LA 650 1.71 13.40 $23.37 $48,620
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 470 2.98 23.38 $29.14 $60,610
Evansville, IN-KY 440 2.57 20.20 $31.79 $66,120
Pittsburgh, PA 280 0.25 1.97 (8) (8)
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 260 0.26 2.05 $30.95 $64,370
Savannah, GA 250 1.59 12.47 $29.64 $61,640
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 240 0.16 1.25 $25.31 $52,640
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 170 0.31 2.46 $29.66 $61,700




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 470 2.98 23.38 $29.14 $60,610
Evansville, IN-KY 440 2.57 20.20 $31.79 $66,120
Baton Rouge, LA 650 1.71 13.40 $23.37 $48,620
Savannah, GA 250 1.59 12.47 $29.64 $61,640
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 700 0.75 5.87 $33.69 $70,080
Corpus Christi, TX 110 0.57 4.51 $27.26 $56,700
Billings, MT 40 0.53 4.14 $26.70 $55,540
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,030 0.36 2.84 $26.28 $54,670
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 170 0.31 2.46 $29.66 $61,700
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 260 0.26 2.05 $30.95 $64,370




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)
Salt Lake City, UT (8) (8) (8) $38.39 $79,850
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.38 $79,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.31 $79,670
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.07 0.53 $37.96 $78,950
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) $37.63 $78,280
Springfield, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $35.01 $72,810
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $34.96 $72,720
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $33.70 $70,100
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 700 0.75 5.87 $33.69 $70,080
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $32.13 $66,820

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.37 2.93 $20.13 $41,880
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.09 0.71 $27.20 $56,580
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 1.14 $34.51 $71,780

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.37 2.93 $20.13 $41,880
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 1.14 $34.51 $71,780
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.09 0.71 $27.20 $56,580

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 30 0.15 1.14 $34.51 $71,780
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.09 0.71 $27.20 $56,580
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.37 2.93 $20.13 $41,880


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015