Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
17,660 5.1 % $26.84 $55,830 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.58 $20.37 $27.19 $33.47 $38.45
Annual Wage (2) $32,400 $42,370 $56,560 $69,610 $79,970


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 4,580 0.28 $30.49 $63,420
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,090 0.47 $27.18 $56,530
Utility System Construction 2,120 0.50 $28.33 $58,920
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 1,980 2.10 $22.75 $47,320
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 1,270 0.67 $27.72 $57,660

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 1,980 2.10 $22.75 $47,320
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 1,270 0.67 $27.72 $57,660
Utility System Construction 2,120 0.50 $28.33 $58,920
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,090 0.47 $27.18 $56,530
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 1,000 0.30 $19.65 $40,870

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 4,580 0.28 $30.49 $63,420
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 840 0.12 $29.61 $61,600
Lessors of Real Estate 50 0.01 $29.53 $61,430
Local Government (OES Designation) 160 (7) $29.47 $61,290
Utility System Construction 2,120 0.50 $28.33 $58,920


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 3,350 0.32 2.33 $22.78 $47,380
Indiana 3,080 1.10 8.09 $30.29 $63,010
Ohio 1,100 0.22 1.60 $27.91 $58,050
Illinois 750 0.13 0.98 $33.21 $69,080
Pennsylvania 720 0.13 0.94 $26.19 $54,480




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)
Indiana 3,080 1.10 8.09 $30.29 $63,010
Wyoming 150 0.53 3.89 $28.15 $58,560
North Dakota 180 0.44 3.23 $27.26 $56,700
Mississippi 430 0.40 2.92 $20.59 $42,840
Texas 3,350 0.32 2.33 $22.78 $47,380




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland (8) (8) (8) $35.30 $73,420
Illinois 750 0.13 0.98 $33.21 $69,080
California 680 0.05 0.35 $33.05 $68,740
Utah (8) (8) (8) $33.01 $68,660
Montana 120 0.27 1.97 $31.23 $64,950





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 1,480 0.56 4.12 $22.16 $46,100
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 1,130 1.28 9.41 $30.92 $64,310
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 820 3.11 22.97 $29.87 $62,140
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 470 2.98 21.98 $30.58 $63,600
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 440 0.45 3.31 $24.07 $50,070
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 400 0.57 4.24 $24.17 $50,280
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 360 0.84 6.16 $29.08 $60,490
St. Louis, MO-IL 350 0.28 2.05 $30.63 $63,720
Chattanooga, TN-GA 330 1.47 10.85 $30.81 $64,090
Baton Rouge, LA 280 0.77 5.70 $23.11 $48,070




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)
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 820 3.11 22.97 $29.87 $62,140
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 470 2.98 21.98 $30.58 $63,600
Chattanooga, TN-GA 330 1.47 10.85 $30.81 $64,090
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 1,130 1.28 9.41 $30.92 $64,310
Billings, MT 90 1.06 7.80 $34.48 $71,720
Worcester, MA-CT 240 0.99 7.29 $29.89 $62,180
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 360 0.84 6.16 $29.08 $60,490
Baton Rouge, LA 280 0.77 5.70 $23.11 $48,070
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 400 0.57 4.24 $24.17 $50,280
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,480 0.56 4.12 $22.16 $46,100




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)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 0.59 $39.46 $82,080
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 150 0.04 0.30 $39.06 $81,250
Salt Lake City, UT (8) (8) (8) $36.81 $76,570
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) $34.62 $72,000
Billings, MT 90 1.06 7.80 $34.48 $71,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.03 0.22 $33.60 $69,880
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $32.43 $67,460
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH (8) (8) (8) $31.96 $66,480
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $31.73 $66,010
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.05 0.37 $31.67 $65,870


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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