Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
16,350 5.0 % $29.16 $60,660 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.70 $22.98 $28.90 $35.70 $41.49
Annual Wage (2) $36,810 $47,800 $60,120 $74,250 $86,290


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 4,720 0.25 $30.31 $63,040
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,150 0.30 $31.75 $66,030
Utility System Construction 1,840 0.38 $30.46 $63,350
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 1,050 1.07 $24.77 $51,520
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 770 0.70 $25.26 $52,540

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 1,050 1.07 $24.77 $51,520
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 770 0.70 $25.26 $52,540
Utility System Construction 1,840 0.38 $30.46 $63,350
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 660 0.32 $27.55 $57,310
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,150 0.30 $31.75 $66,030

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 360 0.05 $36.26 $75,420
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 300 0.09 $35.55 $73,940
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 90 0.08 $31.96 $66,470
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 320 0.04 $31.95 $66,460
Building Finishing Contractors 80 0.01 $31.76 $66,060


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 2,170 0.19 1.58 $28.23 $58,710
Louisiana 1,530 0.79 6.64 $26.15 $54,390
Indiana 1,200 0.41 3.42 $32.23 $67,040
Illinois 920 0.16 1.33 $28.89 $60,080
Pennsylvania 700 0.12 1.04 $30.87 $64,200



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 400 1.40 11.84 $32.86 $68,350
Louisiana 1,530 0.79 6.64 $26.15 $54,390
Mississippi 470 0.42 3.54 $30.10 $62,600
Indiana 1,200 0.41 3.42 $32.23 $67,040
Montana 130 0.30 2.50 $31.85 $66,260



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 50 0.15 1.28 $38.75 $80,600
Missouri 110 0.04 0.33 $36.45 $75,820
California 500 0.03 0.27 $36.12 $75,120
Iowa 60 0.04 0.31 $34.63 $72,030
New York 570 0.06 0.53 $34.38 $71,500




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 1,130 2.88 24.28 $25.93 $53,930
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 840 0.29 2.42 $28.76 $59,830
Evansville, IN-KY 550 3.58 30.23 $32.70 $68,020
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 400 0.37 3.10 $28.62 $59,540
Pittsburgh, PA 310 0.27 2.32 $34.05 $70,830
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 300 0.30 2.49 $27.99 $58,210
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 300 0.53 4.47 $27.73 $57,670
St. Louis, MO-IL 290 0.22 1.85 $33.16 $68,980
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 220 0.14 1.22 $25.78 $53,610
Savannah, GA 200 1.25 10.51 $29.77 $61,920



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)
Evansville, IN-KY 550 3.58 30.23 $32.70 $68,020
Baton Rouge, LA 1,130 2.88 24.28 $25.93 $53,930
Abilene, TX 100 1.48 12.44 $26.38 $54,870
Savannah, GA 200 1.25 10.51 $29.77 $61,920
Grand Forks, ND-MN 30 0.60 5.05 $18.88 $39,260
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 300 0.53 4.47 $27.73 $57,670
Chattanooga, TN-GA 120 0.52 4.41 $25.81 $53,680
Worcester, MA-CT 110 0.42 3.51 $30.21 $62,840
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 110 0.42 3.58 $34.27 $71,290
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 400 0.37 3.10 $28.62 $59,540



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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $40.38 $84,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $37.45 $77,890
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) $36.17 $75,240
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.09 0.78 $36.03 $74,950
Springfield, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $35.58 $74,010
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 50 0.37 3.12 $35.12 $73,060
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 40 0.06 0.49 $34.62 $72,010
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 110 0.42 3.58 $34.27 $71,290
Pittsburgh, PA 310 0.27 2.32 $34.05 $70,830
St. Louis, MO-IL 290 0.22 1.85 $33.16 $68,980

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)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 150 0.74 6.26 $37.14 $77,250
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.36 3.00 $20.61 $42,860
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.54 4.53 $40.74 $84,730
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 1.82 $37.39 $77,770
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 2.16 $37.52 $78,040

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)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 150 0.74 6.26 $37.14 $77,250
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.54 4.53 $40.74 $84,730
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.36 3.00 $20.61 $42,860
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 2.16 $37.52 $78,040
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 1.82 $37.39 $77,770

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 40 0.54 4.53 $40.74 $84,730
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 2.16 $37.52 $78,040
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 1.82 $37.39 $77,770
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 150 0.74 6.26 $37.14 $77,250
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.36 3.00 $20.61 $42,860


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.

(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