Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
15,020 4.5 % $30.30 $63,010 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.60 $24.60 $29.93 $36.61 $41.91
Annual Wage (2) $38,700 $51,160 $62,260 $76,140 $87,160


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 3,560 0.17 $32.44 $67,480
Utility System Construction 2,590 0.51 $31.60 $65,730
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,020 0.26 $31.42 $65,350
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 1,490 0.33 $26.33 $54,760
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 700 0.63 $28.30 $58,870

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 700 0.63 $28.30 $58,870
Utility System Construction 2,590 0.51 $31.60 $65,730
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) 1,490 0.33 $26.33 $54,760
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 550 0.27 $29.67 $61,710
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,020 0.26 $31.42 $65,350

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 320 0.04 $37.68 $78,370
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 100 0.09 $34.48 $71,710
Support Activities for Mining 370 0.14 $34.27 $71,270
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 100 0.03 $33.10 $68,850
Rail Transportation 160 0.07 $33.06 $68,760


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 3,220 0.27 2.57 $28.75 $59,800
Louisiana 1,510 0.80 7.56 $27.81 $57,850
Indiana 1,410 0.47 4.42 $35.04 $72,870
Ohio 660 0.12 1.17 $32.85 $68,320
Florida 560 0.07 0.63 $29.26 $60,870




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 450 1.66 15.77 $32.04 $66,630
Louisiana 1,510 0.80 7.56 $27.81 $57,850
Indiana 1,410 0.47 4.42 $35.04 $72,870
Montana 150 0.34 3.18 $30.79 $64,040
New Mexico 230 0.28 2.70 $27.73 $57,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pennsylvania 420 0.07 0.70 $38.18 $79,410
Illinois 340 0.06 0.55 $36.69 $76,310
Kentucky 420 0.23 2.15 $35.73 $74,320
Indiana 1,410 0.47 4.42 $35.04 $72,870
Georgia 380 0.09 0.85 $34.16 $71,060



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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 1,310 0.45 4.25 $28.60 $59,490
Baton Rouge, LA 1,000 2.56 24.32 $27.66 $57,520
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 540 0.53 5.01 $33.65 $70,000
Pittsburgh, PA 310 0.28 2.64 $41.74 $86,810
St. Louis, MO-IL 250 0.18 1.72 $36.71 $76,350
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 210 0.03 0.30 $33.62 $69,930
Lake Charles, LA 200 1.75 16.65 $30.97 $64,420
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 190 0.35 3.34 $25.91 $53,890
Toledo, OH 190 0.63 5.99 $34.73 $72,230
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 160 0.21 2.00 $25.39 $52,810


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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 1,000 2.56 24.32 $27.66 $57,520
Lake Charles, LA 200 1.75 16.65 $30.97 $64,420
Billings, MT 80 0.87 8.28 $27.24 $56,670
Toledo, OH 190 0.63 5.99 $34.73 $72,230
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 540 0.53 5.01 $33.65 $70,000
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 130 0.48 4.58 $36.47 $75,860
Chattanooga, TN-GA 110 0.46 4.40 $29.32 $60,990
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,310 0.45 4.25 $28.60 $59,490
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 190 0.35 3.34 $25.91 $53,890
Pittsburgh, PA 310 0.28 2.64 $41.74 $86,810


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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)
Pittsburgh, PA 310 0.28 2.64 $41.74 $86,810
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $37.71 $78,440
St. Louis, MO-IL 250 0.18 1.72 $36.71 $76,350
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 130 0.48 4.58 $36.47 $75,860
Toledo, OH 190 0.63 5.99 $34.73 $72,230
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY (8) (8) (8) $34.09 $70,900
Richmond, VA (8) (8) (8) $33.70 $70,090
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 540 0.53 5.01 $33.65 $70,000
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 210 0.03 0.30 $33.62 $69,930
Tulsa, OK (8) (8) (8) $32.48 $67,560


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

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Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018