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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
13,870 4.9 % $30.41 $63,240 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.08 $24.55 $29.88 $36.95 $43.24
Annual Wage (2) $37,610 $51,070 $62,150 $76,870 $89,940


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 2,700 0.13 $32.24 $67,070
Utility System Construction 2,550 0.48 $31.63 $65,790
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,300 0.28 $31.86 $66,260
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 1,280 0.27 $26.72 $55,580
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 830 0.40 $28.02 $58,280

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utility System Construction 2,550 0.48 $31.63 $65,790
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 830 0.40 $28.02 $58,280
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,300 0.28 $31.86 $66,260
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 1,280 0.27 $26.72 $55,580
Building Equipment Contractors 2,700 0.13 $32.24 $67,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 120 0.10 $38.53 $80,140
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 370 0.02 $36.60 $76,130
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 220 0.02 $35.52 $73,880
Rail Transportation 150 0.06 $33.73 $70,160
Building Equipment Contractors 2,700 0.13 $32.24 $67,070


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 3,760 0.31 3.24 $27.63 $57,480
Indiana 990 0.32 3.39 $34.42 $71,600
Louisiana 840 0.44 4.59 $29.19 $60,720
Ohio 670 0.12 1.28 $34.54 $71,840
Florida 660 0.08 0.80 $28.48 $59,240




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 310 1.15 12.03 $33.39 $69,440
Louisiana 840 0.44 4.59 $29.19 $60,720
Indiana 990 0.32 3.39 $34.42 $71,600
Texas 3,760 0.31 3.24 $27.63 $57,480
Montana 120 0.27 2.77 $31.37 $65,250




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 30 0.08 0.85 $39.18 $81,500
Pennsylvania 440 0.08 0.79 $37.69 $78,380
Nebraska (8) (8) (8) $36.84 $76,620
Kentucky 460 0.24 2.51 $36.70 $76,340
Michigan (8) (8) (8) $34.58 $71,930





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 1,640 0.55 5.74 $28.94 $60,190
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 780 4.86 50.68 $24.93 $51,850
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 450 0.43 4.48 $34.97 $72,740
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 410 0.04 0.45 $32.71 $68,040
Corpus Christi, TX 360 1.94 20.23 $27.52 $57,240
Baton Rouge, LA 310 0.77 8.06 $29.74 $61,850
Lake Charles, LA 290 2.52 26.32 $29.48 $61,310
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 260 0.09 0.96 $39.04 $81,210
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 230 0.22 2.27 $34.35 $71,450
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 160 0.21 2.22 $24.17 $50,280




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)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 780 4.86 50.68 $24.93 $51,850
Lake Charles, LA 290 2.52 26.32 $29.48 $61,310
Corpus Christi, TX 360 1.94 20.23 $27.52 $57,240
Billings, MT 70 0.83 8.62 $27.72 $57,650
Baton Rouge, LA 310 0.77 8.06 $29.74 $61,850
Evansville, IN-KY 90 0.61 6.32 $33.06 $68,770
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,640 0.55 5.74 $28.94 $60,190
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 450 0.43 4.48 $34.97 $72,740
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 130 0.30 3.10 $31.09 $64,680
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 130 0.24 2.47 $27.58 $57,360




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 40 0.01 0.15 $45.99 $95,650
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 60 0.02 0.22 $39.60 $82,380
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 260 0.09 0.96 $39.04 $81,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 50 0.01 0.09 $38.28 $79,620
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA (8) (8) (8) $37.16 $77,290
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI (8) (8) (8) $35.43 $73,690
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 450 0.43 4.48 $34.97 $72,740
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 230 0.22 2.27 $34.35 $71,450
Evansville, IN-KY 90 0.61 6.32 $33.06 $68,770
Richmond, VA (8) (8) (8) $33.01 $68,660

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)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 190 1.26 13.12 $44.32 $92,190
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.90 9.36 $27.75 $57,720
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 50 0.58 6.08 $18.91 $39,330

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)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 190 1.26 13.12 $44.32 $92,190
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.90 9.36 $27.75 $57,720
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 50 0.58 6.08 $18.91 $39,330

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)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 190 1.26 13.12 $44.32 $92,190
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.69 $63,840
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.90 9.36 $27.75 $57,720
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 50 0.58 6.08 $18.91 $39,330
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.86 $35,070


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.

(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