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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Boilermakers
Industry profile for Boilermakers
Geographic profile for Boilermakers

National estimates for Boilermakers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Boilermakers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
12,920 5.7 % $ 33.21 $ 69,070 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Boilermakers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 22.13 $ 27.13 $ 30.91 $ 38.14 $ 48.19
Annual Wage (2) $ 46,040 $ 56,430 $ 64,290 $ 79,320 $ 100,240


Industry profile for Boilermakers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Boilermakers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Boilermakers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Boilermakers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utility System Construction 2,700 0.50 $ 34.08 $ 70,880
Building Equipment Contractors 2,620 0.12 $ 33.51 $ 69,690
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,390 0.31 $ 39.15 $ 81,440
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 710 0.15 $ 26.88 $ 55,910
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 620 0.30 $ 30.91 $ 64,290

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Boilermakers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 210 0.51 $ 28.28 $ 58,820
Utility System Construction 2,700 0.50 $ 34.08 $ 70,880
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,390 0.31 $ 39.15 $ 81,440
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 620 0.30 $ 30.91 $ 64,290
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 710 0.15 $ 26.88 $ 55,910

Top paying industries for Boilermakers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 70 0.07 $ 46.61 $ 96,960
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 100 0.03 $ 44.54 $ 92,650
Rail Transportation 220 0.10 $ 40.77 $ 84,800
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,390 0.31 $ 39.15 $ 81,440
Facilities Support Services 60 0.04 $ 36.29 $ 75,480


Geographic profile for Boilermakers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Boilermakers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Boilermakers, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of boilermakers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Boilermakers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 2,050 0.17 1.83 $ 31.18 $ 64,860
Louisiana 1,280 0.71 7.78 $ 30.38 $ 63,200
Michigan 970 0.24 2.60 $ 35.05 $ 72,890
Ohio 850 0.16 1.79 $ 36.94 $ 76,840
California 770 0.05 0.51 $ 48.23 $ 100,310


Map of location quotient of boilermakers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Boilermakers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 1,280 0.71 7.78 $ 30.38 $ 63,200
Alaska 140 0.46 4.98 $ 42.21 $ 87,790
South Dakota 110 0.26 2.88 $ 23.74 $ 49,390
Michigan 970 0.24 2.60 $ 35.05 $ 72,890
Tennessee 540 0.18 1.99 $ 28.88 $ 60,080


Map of annual mean wages of boilermakers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Boilermakers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 770 0.05 0.51 $ 48.23 $ 100,310
Illinois 220 0.04 0.43 $ 46.23 $ 96,150
Minnesota 40 0.01 0.16 $ 45.86 $ 95,380
Pennsylvania (8) (8) (8) $ 44.65 $ 92,870
Alaska 140 0.46 4.98 $ 42.21 $ 87,790



Map of employment of boilermakers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Boilermakers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 850 0.29 3.21 $ 32.93 $ 68,500
Baton Rouge, LA 680 1.86 20.32 $ 31.71 $ 65,950
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 530 0.06 0.67 $ 42.32 $ 88,030
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 510 0.28 3.08 $ 37.29 $ 77,560
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 380 2.61 28.46 $ 30.97 $ 64,430
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 190 0.05 0.49 $ 46.19 $ 96,080
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 180 0.36 3.96 $ 29.56 $ 61,490
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 160 0.37 4.08 $ 36.55 $ 76,010
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 160 0.15 1.68 $ 35.38 $ 73,590
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 150 0.29 3.12 $ 31.96 $ 66,470


Map of location quotient of boilermakers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Boilermakers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 380 2.61 28.46 $ 30.97 $ 64,430
Baton Rouge, LA 680 1.86 20.32 $ 31.71 $ 65,950
Lake Charles, LA 110 1.24 13.52 $ 30.36 $ 63,140
Corpus Christi, TX 140 0.81 8.88 $ 28.58 $ 59,450
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 100 0.68 7.44 $ 30.71 $ 63,870
Anchorage, AK 100 0.62 6.75 $ 40.57 $ 84,380
Huntsville, AL 100 0.42 4.60 $ 36.65 $ 76,230
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 160 0.37 4.08 $ 36.55 $ 76,010
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 180 0.36 3.96 $ 29.56 $ 61,490
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 40 0.35 3.87 $ 35.17 $ 73,150


Map of annual mean wages of boilermakers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Boilermakers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 110 0.05 0.52 $ 51.28 $ 106,660
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 190 0.05 0.49 $ 46.19 $ 96,080
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD (8) (8) (8) $ 43.57 $ 90,620
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 530 0.06 0.67 $ 42.32 $ 88,030
Anchorage, AK 100 0.62 6.75 $ 40.57 $ 84,380
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 130 0.07 0.73 $ 40.32 $ 83,870
Toledo, OH 90 0.32 3.51 $ 38.51 $ 80,100
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 100 0.09 1.01 $ 37.80 $ 78,630
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 510 0.28 3.08 $ 37.29 $ 77,560
Urban Honolulu, HI (8) (8) (8) $ 36.89 $ 76,720

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Boilermakers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 120 1.27 13.82 $ 27.68 $ 57,570
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.22 2.39 $ 29.73 $ 61,830
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 4.22 $ 33.05 $ 68,730
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.30 3.22 $ 29.31 $ 60,970

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Boilermakers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 120 1.27 13.82 $ 27.68 $ 57,570
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 4.22 $ 33.05 $ 68,730
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.30 3.22 $ 29.31 $ 60,970
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.22 2.39 $ 29.73 $ 61,830

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Boilermakers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 4.22 $ 33.05 $ 68,730
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.22 2.39 $ 29.73 $ 61,830
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.30 3.22 $ 29.31 $ 60,970
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 120 1.27 13.82 $ 27.68 $ 57,570


About May 2021 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022