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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
26,670 4.5 % $26.02 $54,120 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.33 $18.33 $23.41 $30.41 $42.96
Annual Wage (2) $31,880 $38,130 $48,690 $63,240 $89,350


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 16,660 0.75 $26.61 $55,360
Building Finishing Contractors 4,960 0.59 $23.17 $48,190
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,210 0.17 $30.62 $63,690
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 800 0.65 $24.94 $51,870
Ship and Boat Building 550 0.39 $26.01 $54,110

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 16,660 0.75 $26.61 $55,360
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 800 0.65 $24.94 $51,870
Building Finishing Contractors 4,960 0.59 $23.17 $48,190
Ship and Boat Building 550 0.39 $26.01 $54,110
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,210 0.17 $30.62 $63,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 30 0.01 $43.45 $90,390
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 200 0.13 $39.34 $81,820
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,210 0.17 $30.62 $63,690
Utility System Construction 330 0.06 $28.52 $59,330
Building Equipment Contractors 16,660 0.75 $26.61 $55,360


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 4,230 0.34 1.87 $22.39 $46,570
Virginia 2,250 0.58 3.20 $22.12 $46,020
Louisiana 1,660 0.87 4.77 $23.37 $48,610
Florida 1,210 0.14 0.76 $18.56 $38,610
Colorado 1,090 0.41 2.24 $21.71 $45,150




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 260 0.94 5.20 $22.44 $46,680
Louisiana 1,660 0.87 4.77 $23.37 $48,610
Delaware 310 0.70 3.83 $26.59 $55,310
Virginia 2,250 0.58 3.20 $22.12 $46,020
Maine 280 0.46 2.52 $23.92 $49,750




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 680 0.19 1.04 $40.30 $83,820
New York 690 0.07 0.40 $38.71 $80,520
Pennsylvania 540 0.09 0.50 $38.17 $79,380
Illinois (8) (8) (8) $37.89 $78,810
Oregon (8) (8) (8) $37.88 $78,780





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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,400 0.79 4.32 $23.62 $49,130
Baton Rouge, LA 1,540 3.89 21.43 $23.53 $48,940
Richmond, VA 1,050 1.59 8.78 $20.74 $43,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 930 0.29 1.60 $23.69 $49,270
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 660 0.87 4.79 $24.33 $50,600
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 610 0.22 1.19 $41.01 $85,300
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 530 0.43 2.36 $20.01 $41,630
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 430 0.15 0.82 $30.36 $63,150
St. Louis, MO-IL 420 0.31 1.71 $28.75 $59,790
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 410 0.20 1.12 $36.00 $74,880




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 1,540 3.89 21.43 $23.53 $48,940
Longview, TX 290 3.11 17.12 $20.63 $42,910
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 190 2.14 11.79 $26.13 $54,360
Waco, TX 250 2.13 11.72 $20.86 $43,390
Richmond, VA 1,050 1.59 8.78 $20.74 $43,130
Casper, WY 50 1.41 7.76 $22.40 $46,600
Joplin, MO 80 0.96 5.27 $23.61 $49,110
Lynchburg, VA 90 0.92 5.06 $19.30 $40,130
Columbus, GA-AL 110 0.92 5.07 $17.37 $36,140
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 40 0.89 4.91 $24.31 $50,560




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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 370 0.04 0.21 $50.87 $105,820
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 320 0.16 0.88 $43.02 $89,490
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 610 0.22 1.19 $41.01 $85,300
Duluth, MN-WI 60 0.45 2.49 $37.80 $78,620
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 410 0.20 1.12 $36.00 $74,880
Rochester, MN (8) (8) (8) $34.60 $71,970
Syracuse, NY 130 0.41 2.28 $32.87 $68,370
Kennewick-Richland, WA 60 0.47 2.60 $32.58 $67,770
Urban Honolulu, HI 120 0.27 1.49 $31.87 $66,300
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 50 0.09 0.51 $31.87 $66,290

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 110 0.49 2.71 $27.13 $56,430
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 0.94 5.20 $23.04 $47,930
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.40 2.19 $28.19 $58,630
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 80 0.32 1.76 (8) (8)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.32 1.78 $18.12 $37,700

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)
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 0.94 5.20 $23.04 $47,930
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 110 0.49 2.71 $27.13 $56,430
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.40 2.19 $28.19 $58,630
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 1.79 $24.20 $50,350
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 80 0.32 1.76 (8) (8)

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)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.40 2.19 $28.19 $58,630
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 110 0.49 2.71 $27.13 $56,430
Kansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.46 $52,950
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.37 $25.14 $52,300
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 1.79 $24.20 $50,350


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020