Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
27,270 5.1 % $24.57 $51,100 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.91 $16.97 $21.84 $29.46 $40.50
Annual Wage (2) $28,920 $35,300 $45,430 $61,270 $84,230


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 15,670 0.79 $23.83 $49,570
Building Finishing Contractors 5,400 0.70 $27.21 $56,590
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,920 0.46 $23.77 $49,450
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 490 0.02 $24.43 $50,810
Utility System Construction 420 0.08 $20.59 $42,820

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 Equipment Contractors 15,670 0.79 $23.83 $49,570
Building Finishing Contractors 5,400 0.70 $27.21 $56,590
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,920 0.46 $23.77 $49,450
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 170 0.08 $17.51 $36,420
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 110 0.08 $30.17 $62,760

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 110 0.08 $30.17 $62,760
Nonresidential Building Construction 360 0.05 $27.71 $57,640
Building Finishing Contractors 5,400 0.70 $27.21 $56,590
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $25.32 $52,660
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 490 0.02 $24.43 $50,810


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 3,470 0.30 1.52 $22.41 $46,620
Louisiana 2,790 1.45 7.46 $21.94 $45,630
California 1,590 0.10 0.51 $24.69 $51,360
Florida 1,310 0.16 0.82 $18.26 $37,990
Virginia 1,140 0.30 1.56 $20.85 $43,360




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 2,790 1.45 7.46 $21.94 $45,630
Wyoming 370 1.35 6.94 $19.84 $41,270
Alaska 210 0.64 3.28 $29.70 $61,780
North Dakota 260 0.62 3.19 $19.42 $40,400
Iowa 830 0.54 2.78 $21.80 $45,350




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 440 0.25 1.26 $41.49 $86,300
New York 1,110 0.12 0.63 $40.69 $84,640
New Jersey 200 0.05 0.26 $38.07 $79,190
Rhode Island (8) (8) (8) $37.77 $78,560
Illinois 370 0.06 0.32 $36.82 $76,590





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 2,060 5.20 26.78 $22.34 $46,470
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,530 0.52 2.68 $24.27 $50,480
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 790 0.41 2.13 $33.35 $69,380
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 670 0.26 1.34 $23.41 $48,700
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 660 0.42 2.16 $25.55 $53,150
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 640 0.26 1.35 $20.88 $43,440
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 500 0.35 1.80 $21.89 $45,540
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 490 0.88 4.56 $20.02 $41,630
St. Louis, MO-IL 340 0.25 1.30 $28.22 $58,700
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 320 0.28 1.46 $39.76 $82,710




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 2,060 5.20 26.78 $22.34 $46,470
Casper, WY 200 5.04 25.93 $18.53 $38,540
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 180 2.20 11.31 $24.07 $50,080
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 300 2.00 10.32 (8) (8)
Wausau, WI 90 1.30 6.69 $29.80 $61,970
Fargo, ND-MN 170 1.26 6.49 $19.14 $39,800
Odessa, TX 90 1.25 6.45 $19.67 $40,920
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 100 1.22 6.26 $25.16 $52,340
Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division 80 1.21 6.21 $42.77 $88,950
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 230 0.96 4.93 $17.24 $35,870




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)
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 240 0.19 0.96 $52.97 $110,170
Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division 80 1.21 6.21 $42.77 $88,950
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 320 0.28 1.46 $39.76 $82,710
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 80 0.16 0.83 $39.04 $81,200
Kennewick-Richland, WA (8) (8) (8) $38.85 $80,810
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $37.33 $77,640
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 250 0.14 0.71 $35.75 $74,360
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $35.72 $74,300
Madison, WI 40 0.10 0.53 $35.26 $73,340
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA (8) (8) (8) $34.75 $72,280

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 140 1.96 10.11 $27.87 $57,970
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.45 2.30 $21.76 $45,270
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.37 1.91 $26.10 $54,290

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 140 1.96 10.11 $27.87 $57,970
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.45 2.30 $21.76 $45,270
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.37 1.91 $26.10 $54,290

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 140 1.96 10.11 $27.87 $57,970
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.37 1.91 $26.10 $54,290
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.45 2.30 $21.76 $45,270
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.95 $43,570
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.84 $43,340


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017