Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
28,660 4.6 % $24.12 $50,160 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.98 $16.05 $20.67 $29.99 $41.93
Annual Wage (2) $27,000 $33,390 $42,990 $62,370 $87,210


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 16,520 0.91 $23.77 $49,450
Building Finishing Contractors 6,490 0.93 $26.77 $55,680
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,820 0.31 $22.31 $46,410
Nonresidential Building Construction 690 0.10 $19.26 $40,050
Utility System Construction 470 0.10 $21.80 $45,350

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 6,490 0.93 $26.77 $55,680
Building Equipment Contractors 16,520 0.91 $23.77 $49,450
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,820 0.31 $22.31 $46,410
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 190 0.14 $25.19 $52,400
Utility System Construction 470 0.10 $21.80 $45,350

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Finishing Contractors 6,490 0.93 $26.77 $55,680
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 190 0.14 $25.19 $52,400
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 440 0.02 $24.51 $50,980
Building Equipment Contractors 16,520 0.91 $23.77 $49,450
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 70 0.04 $22.86 $47,550


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 4,690 0.42 1.97 $20.15 $41,910
Louisiana 2,220 1.16 5.47 $20.77 $43,200
Virginia 1,690 0.46 2.18 $19.10 $39,730
Illinois 1,330 0.23 1.08 $37.70 $78,420
Indiana 1,280 0.44 2.07 $39.97 $83,140



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 2,220 1.16 5.47 $20.77 $43,200
Wyoming 220 0.79 3.73 $20.92 $43,520
Delaware 310 0.74 3.47 $21.10 $43,880
North Dakota 310 0.70 3.28 $20.97 $43,610
West Virginia 410 0.58 2.74 $26.11 $54,310



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon (8) (8) (8) $42.11 $87,590
Indiana 1,280 0.44 2.07 $39.97 $83,140
Illinois 1,330 0.23 1.08 $37.70 $78,420
Rhode Island 90 0.19 0.89 $36.19 $75,280
New York 1,210 0.14 0.65 $35.47 $73,780




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 1,690 0.59 2.79 $21.99 $45,740
Baton Rouge, LA 1,640 4.29 20.23 $20.91 $43,490
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 900 0.24 1.13 $37.38 $77,750
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 650 0.49 2.32 $18.70 $38,900
Richmond, VA 650 1.05 4.95 $16.76 $34,860
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 610 0.67 3.14 $18.59 $38,670
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 570 0.79 3.70 $21.59 $44,910
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 530 0.36 1.69 $22.25 $46,280
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 490 0.53 2.48 $17.27 $35,930
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 450 0.19 0.89 $23.40 $48,660



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 1,640 4.29 20.23 $20.91 $43,490
Decatur, AL 140 2.77 13.07 $22.17 $46,110
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 410 2.61 12.31 $20.61 $42,870
Odessa, TX 150 2.07 9.76 $18.10 $37,640
Wausau, WI 90 1.38 6.53 $28.74 $59,780
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 60 1.25 5.90 $18.94 $39,400
Casper, WY 50 1.15 5.42 $20.42 $42,480
St. Cloud, MN 110 1.08 5.11 $28.96 $60,230
Richmond, VA 650 1.05 4.95 $16.76 $34,860
Longview, TX 90 0.87 4.09 $16.20 $33,700



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) $47.52 $98,830
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 180 0.14 0.67 $45.64 $94,930
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.72 $80,540
Worcester, MA-CT 50 0.19 0.91 $38.34 $79,750
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 900 0.24 1.13 $37.38 $77,750
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $37.09 $77,140
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 340 0.19 0.88 $36.64 $76,210
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA (8) (8) (8) $35.23 $73,280
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 110 0.20 0.92 $33.28 $69,220
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 170 0.18 0.84 $32.97 $68,580

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 160 0.69 3.24 $20.43 $42,500
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.21 0.99 $24.09 $50,100
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 1.62 $27.89 $58,020

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 160 0.69 3.24 $20.43 $42,500
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 1.62 $27.89 $58,020
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.21 0.99 $24.09 $50,100

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 50 0.34 1.62 $27.89 $58,020
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.21 0.99 $24.09 $50,100
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.65 $49,200
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 160 0.69 3.24 $20.43 $42,500
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.87 $37,160


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