Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
29,330 5.4 % $24.02 $49,970 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.29 $16.33 $20.97 $29.05 $40.24
Annual Wage (2) $27,640 $33,970 $43,610 $60,420 $83,710


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 16,280 0.86 $23.86 $49,620
Building Finishing Contractors 6,420 0.88 $25.64 $53,340
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,700 0.44 $22.49 $46,770
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers 680 0.33 $20.36 $42,340
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 460 0.02 $24.15 $50,240

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 6,420 0.88 $25.64 $53,340
Building Equipment Contractors 16,280 0.86 $23.86 $49,620
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,700 0.44 $22.49 $46,770
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers 680 0.33 $20.36 $42,340
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 180 0.16 $21.53 $44,770

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 80 0.03 $33.92 $70,560
Support Activities for Mining (8) (8) $28.85 $60,000
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 210 0.15 $26.09 $54,270
Building Finishing Contractors 6,420 0.88 $25.64 $53,340
Nonresidential Building Construction 430 0.06 $25.47 $52,970


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 4,570 0.40 1.86 $20.95 $43,580
Louisiana 2,540 1.31 6.15 $20.96 $43,600
New York 1,450 0.16 0.76 $34.56 $71,890
Virginia 1,430 0.39 1.82 $20.50 $42,640
Florida 1,400 0.18 0.83 $18.58 $38,650




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 2,540 1.31 6.15 $20.96 $43,600
Wyoming 250 0.89 4.20 $19.67 $40,910
Alaska 210 0.65 3.05 $31.17 $64,840
Iowa 860 0.56 2.64 $19.32 $40,190
North Dakota 210 0.48 2.26 $20.19 $41,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Indiana 1,080 0.37 1.72 $42.73 $88,880
Oregon 400 0.23 1.08 $39.50 $82,150
Illinois 690 0.12 0.56 $36.24 $75,370
Rhode Island (8) (8) (8) $35.01 $72,830
New York 1,450 0.16 0.76 $34.56 $71,890





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)
Baton Rouge, LA 1,990 5.07 23.85 $20.48 $42,610
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,550 0.53 2.48 $23.93 $49,770
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 810 0.59 2.77 $18.67 $38,840
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 770 0.33 1.55 $20.41 $42,460
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 640 0.88 4.15 (8) (8)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 490 0.26 1.23 $32.85 $68,320
St. Louis, MO-IL 490 0.37 1.73 $29.36 $61,070
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 440 0.42 1.97 $28.29 $58,840
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 440 0.18 0.86 $23.26 $48,380
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 360 0.24 1.12 $26.39 $54,890




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)
Baton Rouge, LA 1,990 5.07 23.85 $20.48 $42,610
Decatur, AL 140 2.62 12.31 $23.03 $47,900
Cheyenne, WY 110 2.48 11.67 $20.31 $42,250
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 170 2.11 9.90 $23.49 $48,860
Odessa, TX 130 1.68 7.88 $18.65 $38,790
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 260 1.60 7.51 $22.39 $46,560
Waco, TX 170 1.56 7.34 $16.83 $35,000
Binghamton, NY 130 1.23 5.79 $23.15 $48,160
Sherman-Denison, TX 50 1.17 5.48 $17.56 $36,530
Wausau, WI 70 1.05 4.93 $28.39 $59,050




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)
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $48.42 $100,710
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 210 0.16 0.76 $46.13 $95,950
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $36.70 $76,340
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $36.59 $76,100
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $36.27 $75,440
Kennewick-Richland, WA (8) (8) (8) $35.45 $73,730
Madison, WI (8) (8) (8) $33.44 $69,550
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 490 0.26 1.23 $32.85 $68,320
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 130 0.23 1.08 $32.79 $68,200
Pittsburgh, PA 220 0.19 0.91 $31.71 $65,950

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.43 2.03 $21.56 $44,840
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.38 1.78 $26.71 $55,550
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.62 2.92 $15.71 $32,670

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)
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.62 2.92 $15.71 $32,670
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.43 2.03 $21.56 $44,840
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.38 1.78 $26.71 $55,550

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)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.93 $60,180
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.92 $60,150
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.38 1.78 $26.71 $55,550
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.43 2.03 $21.56 $44,840
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.08 $37,600


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016