Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
29,500 4.4 % $18.99 $39,490 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.24 $13.73 $17.15 $22.06 $29.58
Annual Wage (2) $23,380 $28,570 $35,660 $45,880 $61,520


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 21,740 2.84 $18.33 $38,140
Building Equipment Contractors 3,020 0.15 $22.72 $47,260
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,070 0.14 $20.17 $41,960
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 850 0.10 $17.53 $36,470
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 840 0.13 $21.15 $44,000

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 21,740 2.84 $18.33 $38,140
Building Equipment Contractors 3,020 0.15 $22.72 $47,260
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,070 0.14 $20.17 $41,960
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 840 0.13 $21.15 $44,000
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 850 0.10 $17.53 $36,470

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 (8) (8) $28.24 $58,730
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 30 (7) $25.56 $53,160
Building Equipment Contractors 3,020 0.15 $22.72 $47,260
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 100 0.07 $21.25 $44,210
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 840 0.13 $21.15 $44,000


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 4,070 0.35 1.65 $17.81 $37,050
California 2,190 0.14 0.65 $26.27 $54,640
Florida 2,170 0.26 1.26 $16.90 $35,150
North Carolina 1,220 0.29 1.37 $17.20 $35,770
Georgia 990 0.23 1.11 $16.89 $35,120




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 290 1.03 4.92 $17.73 $36,870
Maine 440 0.75 3.55 $19.36 $40,280
North Dakota 280 0.66 3.12 $21.51 $44,730
Alaska 170 0.52 2.49 $27.92 $58,080
Montana 220 0.49 2.32 $14.50 $30,150




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 720 0.12 0.58 $28.08 $58,420
Alaska 170 0.52 2.49 $27.92 $58,080
California 2,190 0.14 0.65 $26.27 $54,640
Washington 970 0.32 1.51 $24.55 $51,050
New York 800 0.09 0.42 $22.06 $45,890





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 1,750 0.60 2.84 $18.85 $39,200
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 710 0.28 1.32 $17.42 $36,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 540 0.22 1.04 $18.88 $39,270
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 520 0.27 1.31 $18.91 $39,320
Baton Rouge, LA 520 1.32 6.29 $21.39 $44,500
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 490 0.50 2.38 $17.34 $36,060
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 430 0.07 0.31 $21.53 $44,780
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 410 0.26 1.22 $26.60 $55,330
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 410 0.35 1.66 $17.63 $36,670
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 370 0.10 0.48 $37.89 $78,810




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 230 1.99 9.48 $15.21 $31,640
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 220 1.89 9.00 $19.03 $39,580
Baton Rouge, LA 520 1.32 6.29 $21.39 $44,500
Longview, TX 120 1.29 6.15 $16.45 $34,220
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 120 1.26 5.99 $23.69 $49,270
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 50 1.12 5.35 $22.16 $46,090
Portland-South Portland, ME 210 1.04 4.93 $17.79 $37,000
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 140 1.03 4.90 $16.99 $35,340
Springfield, MO 180 0.87 4.16 $15.53 $32,310
Lexington-Fayette, KY 230 0.85 4.03 $20.83 $43,330




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)
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.23 1.12 $41.63 $86,600
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 370 0.10 0.48 $37.89 $78,810
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $35.07 $72,940
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $30.42 $63,280
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $28.53 $59,340
Canton-Massillon, OH (8) (8) (8) $28.29 $58,840
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 410 0.26 1.22 $26.60 $55,330
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $26.24 $54,570
Visalia-Porterville, CA (8) (8) (8) $25.84 $53,760
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $24.04 $50,000

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 200 1.05 4.97 $21.30 $44,300
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 160 0.87 4.14 $15.70 $32,650
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 100 1.07 5.08 $16.90 $35,140
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 1.30 6.17 $15.58 $32,400
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.46 2.17 $12.38 $25,750

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)
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 1.30 6.17 $15.58 $32,400
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 100 1.07 5.08 $16.90 $35,140
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 200 1.05 4.97 $21.30 $44,300
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.90 4.28 $18.89 $39,290
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 160 0.87 4.14 $15.70 $32,650

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 200 1.05 4.97 $21.30 $44,300
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.90 4.28 $18.89 $39,290
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 2.45 $18.12 $37,690
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.63 3.00 $17.40 $36,200
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.14 $35,640


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.

(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 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