Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
16,660 4.8 % $29.90 $62,200 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.12 $23.85 $29.84 $36.30 $41.25
Annual Wage (2) $37,690 $49,610 $62,060 $75,500 $85,800


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 4,340 0.22 $30.17 $62,760
Utility System Construction 2,230 0.45 $31.48 $65,470
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,120 0.28 $32.49 $67,580
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 1,090 1.17 $27.43 $57,060
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 870 0.79 $26.97 $56,090

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 1,090 1.17 $27.43 $57,060
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 870 0.79 $26.97 $56,090
Utility System Construction 2,230 0.45 $31.48 $65,470
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 770 0.38 $29.80 $61,990
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,120 0.28 $32.49 $67,580

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 130 0.04 $39.20 $81,540
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 400 0.05 $37.53 $78,070
Support Activities for Mining 370 0.13 $33.40 $69,470
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 80 0.07 $32.67 $67,940
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,120 0.28 $32.49 $67,580


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 2,880 0.25 2.07 $28.73 $59,770
Louisiana 1,670 0.87 7.30 $27.96 $58,160
Indiana 1,030 0.34 2.89 $34.56 $71,890
Florida 700 0.09 0.72 $28.13 $58,500
Pennsylvania 630 0.11 0.92 $32.85 $68,330




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 470 1.68 14.19 $32.40 $67,390
Louisiana 1,670 0.87 7.30 $27.96 $58,160
Montana 160 0.35 2.94 $27.96 $58,160
New Mexico 280 0.34 2.89 $28.65 $59,590
Indiana 1,030 0.34 2.89 $34.56 $71,890




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 80 0.13 1.07 $36.86 $76,680
California 430 0.03 0.23 $36.84 $76,620
New York 320 0.04 0.30 $36.26 $75,430
Indiana 1,030 0.34 2.89 $34.56 $71,890
West Virginia 90 0.13 1.07 $33.75 $70,210





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 1,260 0.43 3.61 $29.37 $61,090
Baton Rouge, LA 1,090 2.76 23.27 $27.56 $57,330
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 350 0.31 2.57 $29.45 $61,260
Pittsburgh, PA 320 0.29 2.40 $36.19 $75,270
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 320 0.58 4.87 $28.00 $58,240
Toledo, OH 240 0.79 6.62 $31.67 $65,870
St. Louis, MO-IL 230 0.17 1.45 $34.93 $72,660
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 230 0.23 1.92 $32.02 $66,610
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 210 0.03 0.27 $42.76 $88,940
Lake Charles, LA 200 1.98 16.67 $30.59 $63,620




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)
Farmington, NM 180 3.53 29.76 $34.14 $71,000
Baton Rouge, LA 1,090 2.76 23.27 $27.56 $57,330
Lake Charles, LA 200 1.98 16.67 $30.59 $63,620
Abilene, TX 90 1.33 11.24 $23.05 $47,940
Toledo, OH 240 0.79 6.62 $31.67 $65,870
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 320 0.58 4.87 $28.00 $58,240
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 120 0.47 3.94 $35.49 $73,820
Chattanooga, TN-GA 110 0.47 3.93 $28.79 $59,870
Corpus Christi, TX 80 0.44 3.68 $32.89 $68,410
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,260 0.43 3.61 $29.37 $61,090




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 210 0.03 0.27 $42.76 $88,940
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $37.91 $78,860
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 0.63 $36.28 $75,470
Pittsburgh, PA 320 0.29 2.40 $36.19 $75,270
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 60 0.42 3.58 $36.02 $74,920
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 120 0.47 3.94 $35.49 $73,820
St. Louis, MO-IL 230 0.17 1.45 $34.93 $72,660
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 60 0.09 0.72 $34.15 $71,030
Farmington, NM 180 3.53 29.76 $34.14 $71,000
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $33.29 $69,250

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)
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.70 5.88 $18.89 $39,290
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 60 0.77 6.47 $20.37 $42,360
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.70 5.88 (8) (8)
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 2.07 $38.60 $80,300

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)
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 60 0.77 6.47 $20.37 $42,360
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.70 5.88 (8) (8)
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.70 5.88 $18.89 $39,290
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 2.07 $38.60 $80,300

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 (8) (8) (8) $42.06 $87,480
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 2.07 $38.60 $80,300
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.34 $67,270
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 60 0.77 6.47 $20.37 $42,360
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.70 5.88 $18.89 $39,290


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017