Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
27,740 4.5 % $22.63 $47,060 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.21 $15.23 $19.47 $28.19 $39.52
Annual Wage (2) $25,410 $31,680 $40,500 $58,640 $82,200


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 14,570 0.85 $22.76 $47,340
Building Finishing Contractors 6,940 1.06 $23.55 $48,990
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,960 0.35 $22.33 $46,440
Utility System Construction 700 0.16 $21.45 $44,620
Ship and Boat Building 690 0.53 $24.48 $50,920

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 6,940 1.06 $23.55 $48,990
Building Equipment Contractors 14,570 0.85 $22.76 $47,340
Ship and Boat Building 690 0.53 $24.48 $50,920
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,960 0.35 $22.33 $46,440
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 250 0.19 $29.38 $61,110

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 250 0.19 $29.38 $61,110
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 390 0.02 $25.00 $52,000
Ship and Boat Building 690 0.53 $24.48 $50,920
Building Finishing Contractors 6,940 1.06 $23.55 $48,990
Building Equipment Contractors 14,570 0.85 $22.76 $47,340


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 4,660 0.43 2.04 $16.66 $34,660
Louisiana 2,210 1.17 5.60 $20.24 $42,100
Virginia 1,680 0.46 2.21 $18.39 $38,250
Indiana 1,590 0.56 2.66 $40.06 $83,320
Illinois 1,250 0.22 1.04 $33.81 $70,330




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 2,210 1.17 5.60 $20.24 $42,100
North Dakota 340 0.80 3.82 $20.30 $42,220
Wyoming 210 0.76 3.63 $23.18 $48,210
Indiana 1,590 0.56 2.66 $40.06 $83,320
West Virginia 340 0.48 2.28 $26.69 $55,510




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Indiana 1,590 0.56 2.66 $40.06 $83,320
Illinois 1,250 0.22 1.04 $33.81 $70,330
Oregon (8) (8) (8) $32.98 $68,600
Minnesota 510 0.19 0.90 $32.41 $67,420
Rhode Island 220 0.48 2.28 $31.19 $64,870





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 1,600 0.58 2.77 $18.13 $37,700
Baton Rouge, LA 1,330 3.64 17.40 $20.42 $42,470
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 870 0.24 1.12 $33.11 $68,870
Richmond, VA 700 1.15 5.51 $16.31 $33,930
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 650 0.45 2.14 $25.59 $53,240
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 590 0.81 3.88 $21.35 $44,400
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 470 0.51 2.44 $16.15 $33,590
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 450 0.09 0.41 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 360 0.15 0.74 $23.75 $49,400
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 340 0.57 2.70 $21.96 $45,670




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)
Odessa, TX 340 4.85 23.18 $13.67 $28,440
Baton Rouge, LA 1,330 3.64 17.40 $20.42 $42,470
Waco, TX 240 2.29 10.94 $14.16 $29,450
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 100 2.05 9.80 $17.38 $36,150
St. Cloud, MN 170 1.74 8.32 (8) (8)
Binghamton, NY 140 1.31 6.26 $22.35 $46,500
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 190 1.25 5.97 $18.98 $39,470
Richmond, VA 700 1.15 5.51 $16.31 $33,930
Longview, TX 90 0.93 4.46 $15.99 $33,250
Cheyenne, WY 40 0.92 4.39 $22.90 $47,640




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.14 $46.43 $96,570
Worcester, MA-CT 50 0.19 0.92 $37.62 $78,260
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $37.43 $77,850
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 280 0.15 0.74 $37.14 $77,240
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA (8) (8) (8) $35.03 $72,870
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 170 0.16 0.78 $33.58 $69,850
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 870 0.24 1.12 $33.11 $68,870
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 200 0.22 1.04 $33.06 $68,750
St. Louis, MO-IL 300 0.23 1.10 $32.70 $68,020
Pittsburgh, PA 90 0.08 0.37 $30.82 $64,110

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)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.81 3.85 $17.61 $36,630
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.40 1.90 $24.02 $49,960
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 0.74 $18.33 $38,130

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)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.81 3.85 $17.61 $36,630
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.40 1.90 $24.02 $49,960
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 0.74 $18.33 $38,130

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)
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.34 $56,870
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.40 1.90 $24.02 $49,960
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.08 $48,000
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.59 $46,990
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.22 $39,990


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