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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
31,840 4.6 % $20.23 $42,070 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.04 $14.91 $18.50 $23.75 $30.31
Annual Wage (2) $25,050 $31,020 $38,480 $49,400 $63,050


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 22,190 2.73 $19.14 $39,820
Building Equipment Contractors 4,110 0.19 $24.94 $51,870
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,590 0.23 $21.14 $43,980
Nonresidential Building Construction 730 0.09 $23.37 $48,610
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 490 0.05 $17.99 $37,420

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 22,190 2.73 $19.14 $39,820
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,590 0.23 $21.14 $43,980
Building Equipment Contractors 4,110 0.19 $24.94 $51,870
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 270 0.18 $22.62 $47,050
Nonresidential Building Construction 730 0.09 $23.37 $48,610

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 40 (7) $27.49 $57,180
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $26.74 $55,610
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 130 0.06 $25.07 $52,150
Plastics Product Manufacturing (8) (8) $24.96 $51,910
Building Equipment Contractors 4,110 0.19 $24.94 $51,870


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 5,400 0.45 2.03 $19.12 $39,760
California 1,900 0.11 0.51 $25.84 $53,750
Florida 1,850 0.22 0.98 $17.66 $36,740
Louisiana 1,340 0.70 3.18 $20.20 $42,010
Virginia 1,090 0.28 1.29 $18.06 $37,560




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)
Montana 340 0.73 3.32 $20.20 $42,010
Louisiana 1,340 0.70 3.18 $20.20 $42,010
North Dakota 260 0.62 2.81 $21.07 $43,830
Idaho 400 0.57 2.58 $14.01 $29,150
New Hampshire 340 0.52 2.36 $18.85 $39,200




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 960 0.16 0.73 $32.83 $68,280
Alaska 110 0.36 1.65 $27.62 $57,460
California 1,900 0.11 0.51 $25.84 $53,750
Washington 1,060 0.32 1.48 $25.76 $53,580
West Virginia 100 0.14 0.64 $23.56 $49,010





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 2,240 0.75 3.41 $20.43 $42,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 970 0.31 1.41 $19.15 $39,820
Baton Rouge, LA 850 2.14 9.72 $21.14 $43,980
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 780 0.22 0.99 $17.88 $37,190
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 770 0.39 1.77 $27.42 $57,020
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 730 0.16 0.72 $32.95 $68,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 720 0.12 0.53 $24.91 $51,810
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 670 0.34 1.55 $22.80 $47,420
Kansas City, MO-KS 400 0.37 1.69 $23.39 $48,640
Austin-Round Rock, TX 390 0.38 1.73 $17.34 $36,070




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 850 2.14 9.72 $21.14 $43,980
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 310 1.96 8.93 $23.66 $49,210
Manchester, NH 200 1.75 7.98 $17.76 $36,950
Bend-Redmond, OR 140 1.67 7.58 $20.23 $42,070
Longview, TX 120 1.28 5.81 $17.24 $35,860
Corpus Christi, TX 200 1.09 4.96 $18.07 $37,580
Missoula, MT 60 0.93 4.24 $15.46 $32,150
Tulsa, OK 370 0.86 3.91 $16.24 $33,770
Amarillo, TX 100 0.84 3.80 $16.40 $34,110
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,240 0.75 3.41 $20.43 $42,490




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-Oakland-Hayward, CA 230 0.09 0.43 $34.05 $70,820
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 730 0.16 0.72 $32.95 $68,530
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $27.80 $57,820
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 770 0.39 1.77 $27.42 $57,020
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI (8) (8) (8) $26.92 $56,000
Oklahoma City, OK (8) (8) (8) $26.57 $55,260
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $26.35 $54,810
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 210 0.36 1.62 $25.95 $53,970
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $25.24 $52,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 720 0.12 0.53 $24.91 $51,810

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 Montana nonmetropolitan area 190 1.37 6.24 $21.19 $44,070
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.36 1.62 $16.44 $34,200
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.36 1.62 $17.56 $36,520
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 0.48 2.19 $15.97 $33,220
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 2.17 $17.84 $37,110

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 Montana nonmetropolitan area 190 1.37 6.24 $21.19 $44,070
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 2.17 $17.84 $37,110
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 0.48 2.19 $15.97 $33,220
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.36 1.62 $17.56 $36,520
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.36 1.62 $16.44 $34,200

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 Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) (8) (8) (8) $26.45 $55,010
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.53 $44,790
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.46 $44,630
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 190 1.37 6.24 $21.19 $44,070
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.50 $42,650


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019