Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

47-2131 Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall

Line and cover structures with insulating materials. May work with batt, roll, or blown insulation materials.


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)
31,100 4.3 % $19.52 $40,600 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.76 $14.32 $17.81 $22.93 $29.68
Annual Wage (2) $24,460 $29,790 $37,050 $47,690 $61,730


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 Finishing Contractors 22,670 2.87 $18.59 $38,680
Building Equipment Contractors 3,210 0.16 $24.45 $50,850
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,360 0.21 $20.75 $43,150
Nonresidential Building Construction 850 0.11 $23.80 $49,510
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 740 0.08 $17.56 $36,530

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 Finishing Contractors 22,670 2.87 $18.59 $38,680
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 300 0.22 $21.08 $43,840
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,360 0.21 $20.75 $43,150
Building Equipment Contractors 3,210 0.16 $24.45 $50,850
Nonresidential Building Construction 850 0.11 $23.80 $49,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 80 0.05 $27.55 $57,310
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 40 (7) $27.21 $56,600
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $25.79 $53,650
Building Equipment Contractors 3,210 0.16 $24.45 $50,850
Utility System Construction (8) (8) $24.22 $50,380


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 5,150 0.43 1.99 $18.96 $39,440
California 1,940 0.12 0.53 $25.41 $52,860
Florida 1,690 0.20 0.92 $17.32 $36,030
Massachusetts 1,120 0.32 1.45 $21.07 $43,830
New York 1,060 0.11 0.53 $20.48 $42,590




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)
Maine 390 0.66 3.01 $19.09 $39,710
North Dakota 250 0.60 2.77 $20.62 $42,890
Louisiana 1,020 0.53 2.45 $19.77 $41,120
Montana 240 0.52 2.40 $15.73 $32,720
Idaho 350 0.51 2.35 $13.88 $28,870




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 680 0.12 0.53 $32.31 $67,200
Alaska 150 0.46 2.10 $27.65 $57,520
California 1,940 0.12 0.53 $25.41 $52,860
Washington 1,000 0.32 1.45 $25.33 $52,690
West Virginia 50 0.08 0.35 $22.67 $47,160



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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 2,230 0.76 3.49 $20.39 $42,410
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 780 0.30 1.37 $18.03 $37,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 630 0.25 1.14 $19.50 $40,560
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 490 0.30 1.36 $28.31 $58,880
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 460 0.46 2.09 $18.47 $38,410
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 420 0.45 2.05 $18.40 $38,280
Kansas City, MO-KS 390 0.37 1.70 $22.43 $46,650
Austin-Round Rock, TX 360 0.36 1.67 $19.10 $39,730
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 360 0.31 1.42 $16.29 $33,890
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 320 0.09 0.40 $41.05 $85,390


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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)
Amarillo, TX 160 1.43 6.53 $16.03 $33,350
Longview, TX 90 1.05 4.83 $16.37 $34,050
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 170 0.97 4.45 $14.48 $30,130
Corpus Christi, TX 180 0.95 4.37 $18.43 $38,330
Portland-South Portland, ME 180 0.88 4.02 $17.39 $36,170
Missoula, MT 50 0.84 3.85 $11.80 $24,550
Lexington-Fayette, KY 220 0.82 3.78 $20.93 $43,540
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 40 0.80 3.68 $22.71 $47,240
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 70 0.78 3.56 $23.83 $49,570
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,230 0.76 3.49 $20.39 $42,410


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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)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 320 0.09 0.40 $41.05 $85,390
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.26 1.19 $39.15 $81,420
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $36.65 $76,240
Canton-Massillon, OH (8) (8) (8) $29.01 $60,350
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 490 0.30 1.36 $28.31 $58,880
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 60 0.14 0.63 $28.23 $58,720
Anchorage, AK 110 0.62 2.83 $26.81 $55,760
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $25.81 $53,690
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $25.25 $52,520
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 140 0.16 0.75 $24.53 $51,020

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 Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 0.60 2.77 $17.32 $36,030
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.40 1.82 $15.89 $33,050
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 100 0.66 3.02 $19.69 $40,960
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.46 2.09 $15.28 $31,780
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.69 3.19 $16.49 $34,310

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)
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.69 3.19 $16.49 $34,310
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 100 0.66 3.02 $19.69 $40,960
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 0.60 2.77 $17.32 $36,030
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 2.17 $15.28 $31,790
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.46 2.09 $15.28 $31,780

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)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) (8) (8) (8) $25.14 $52,290
Central New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.00 $41,600
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 100 0.66 3.02 $19.69 $40,960
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.41 1.89 $18.48 $38,450
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 0.60 2.77 $17.32 $36,030


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018