Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

47-2131 Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall

Line and cover structures with insulating materials. May work with batt, roll, or blown insulation materials.


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)
25,850 4.6 % $18.66 $38,810 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.13 $13.49 $16.85 $21.70 $29.80
Annual Wage (2) $23,140 $28,060 $35,040 $45,140 $61,980


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 Finishing Contractors 19,400 2.67 $18.43 $38,330
Building Equipment Contractors 2,480 0.13 $19.92 $41,440
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,130 0.16 $20.41 $42,450
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 930 0.12 $18.37 $38,210
Residential Building Construction 370 0.06 $16.98 $35,310

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 19,400 2.67 $18.43 $38,330
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,130 0.16 $20.41 $42,450
Building Equipment Contractors 2,480 0.13 $19.92 $41,440
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 930 0.12 $18.37 $38,210
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 110 0.08 $18.26 $37,990

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 180 0.03 $20.63 $42,910
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,130 0.16 $20.41 $42,450
Building Equipment Contractors 2,480 0.13 $19.92 $41,440
Local Government (OES Designation) 70 (7) $19.36 $40,260
Building Finishing Contractors 19,400 2.67 $18.43 $38,330


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 2,800 0.24 1.29 $16.98 $35,310
Florida 1,670 0.21 1.12 $15.89 $33,050
California 1,560 0.10 0.54 $25.17 $52,350
North Carolina 1,360 0.33 1.76 $15.97 $33,220
Georgia 1,050 0.25 1.36 $16.15 $33,590



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 420 1.46 7.80 $17.19 $35,760
North Dakota 320 0.72 3.83 $20.55 $42,740
Maine 400 0.68 3.60 $18.55 $38,580
Vermont 140 0.45 2.39 $16.56 $34,450
Idaho 240 0.38 2.02 $17.66 $36,740



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 120 0.36 1.94 $27.76 $57,750
California 1,560 0.10 0.54 $25.17 $52,350
New York 670 0.07 0.40 $24.87 $51,720
West Virginia (8) (8) (8) $24.09 $50,110
Minnesota 590 0.21 1.13 $22.98 $47,790




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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,030 0.35 1.88 $18.54 $38,570
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 760 0.31 1.64 $16.86 $35,070
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 500 0.08 0.41 $20.71 $43,070
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 420 0.38 2.03 $15.88 $33,020
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 340 0.41 2.20 $21.95 $45,660
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 310 0.27 1.43 $17.47 $36,330
Raleigh, NC 300 0.54 2.87 $18.40 $38,270
Oklahoma City, OK 290 0.48 2.57 $17.40 $36,180
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 280 0.25 1.36 $20.42 $42,480
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 260 0.29 1.55 $15.83 $32,920



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)
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 80 1.85 9.88 $22.05 $45,850
Cheyenne, WY 70 1.50 7.99 $14.99 $31,180
Portland-South Portland, ME 180 0.90 4.81 $16.37 $34,050
Clarksville, TN-KY 70 0.83 4.42 $11.93 $24,820
Corpus Christi, TX 150 0.81 4.33 $15.99 $33,250
Longview, TX 80 0.78 4.19 $13.60 $28,280
Rapid City, SD 50 0.74 3.96 $14.03 $29,180
Wichita Falls, TX 40 0.73 3.92 $12.57 $26,140
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 70 0.72 3.82 $17.79 $37,000
Missoula, MT 40 0.63 3.35 $8.82 $18,340



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-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.98 $81,080
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $33.89 $70,480
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $30.96 $64,390
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $30.32 $63,070
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $28.83 $59,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $26.78 $55,700
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 130 0.04 0.19 $26.77 $55,680
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 50 0.11 0.57 $26.34 $54,780
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 70 0.33 1.75 $23.43 $48,740
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $22.98 $47,810

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 180 0.94 5.00 $20.73 $43,130
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 1.77 9.43 $17.88 $37,200
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.76 4.04 $17.80 $37,020
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.64 3.41 $17.14 $35,640
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.55 2.92 $14.18 $29,490

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)
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 1.77 9.43 $17.88 $37,200
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 180 0.94 5.00 $20.73 $43,130
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.76 4.04 $17.80 $37,020
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.64 3.41 $17.14 $35,640
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.55 2.92 $14.18 $29,490

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 Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.66 $70,000
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 180 0.94 5.00 $20.73 $43,130
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 1.77 9.43 $17.88 $37,200
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.76 4.04 $17.80 $37,020
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 1.09 $17.64 $36,700


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.

(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 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