Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

47-2132 Insulation Workers, Mechanical

Apply insulating materials to pipes or ductwork, or other mechanical systems in order to help control and maintain temperature.


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)
24,610 5.0 % $25.57 $53,180 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.61 $17.72 $22.95 $30.80 $42.68
Annual Wage (2) $30,380 $36,860 $47,740 $64,070 $88,770


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 14,270 0.67 $25.59 $53,220
Building Finishing Contractors 4,800 0.59 $24.61 $51,200
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,020 0.29 $28.48 $59,250
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 850 0.72 $24.41 $50,780
Ship and Boat Building 530 0.39 $25.60 $53,240

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 850 0.72 $24.41 $50,780
Building Equipment Contractors 14,270 0.67 $25.59 $53,220
Building Finishing Contractors 4,800 0.59 $24.61 $51,200
Ship and Boat Building 530 0.39 $25.60 $53,240
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,020 0.29 $28.48 $59,250

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,020 0.29 $28.48 $59,250
Utility System Construction 280 0.05 $27.93 $58,090
Ship and Boat Building 530 0.39 $25.60 $53,240
Building Equipment Contractors 14,270 0.67 $25.59 $53,220
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 510 0.03 $25.55 $53,130


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 2,960 0.24 1.44 $19.93 $41,450
Louisiana 2,040 1.07 6.26 $23.17 $48,190
Virginia 1,370 0.36 2.11 $22.55 $46,900
Colorado 1,070 0.41 2.40 $20.50 $42,630
California 1,020 0.06 0.35 $35.13 $73,060




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 310 1.14 6.68 $23.14 $48,120
Louisiana 2,040 1.07 6.26 $23.17 $48,190
Delaware 280 0.63 3.68 $23.71 $49,320
Maine 320 0.52 3.06 $23.00 $47,830
Colorado 1,070 0.41 2.40 $20.50 $42,630




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 80 0.17 1.01 $42.99 $89,410
Oregon (8) (8) (8) $40.13 $83,460
Massachusetts 690 0.19 1.13 $39.25 $81,640
New York 830 0.09 0.52 $38.58 $80,240
Pennsylvania 530 0.09 0.53 $38.31 $79,670





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)
Baton Rouge, LA 1,730 4.37 25.70 $23.63 $49,160
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,440 0.48 2.84 $21.21 $44,120
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 640 0.85 5.00 $23.46 $48,790
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 590 0.21 1.25 $39.77 $82,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 570 0.18 1.07 $22.84 $47,510
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 550 0.20 1.20 $24.02 $49,960
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 530 0.27 1.61 $36.60 $76,130
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 440 0.36 2.12 $19.34 $40,230
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 430 0.05 0.27 $52.04 $108,250
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 420 0.12 0.70 $18.51 $38,510




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 1,730 4.37 25.70 $23.63 $49,160
Casper, WY 110 2.96 17.43 $20.20 $42,010
Longview, TX 230 2.51 14.79 $20.15 $41,920
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 190 2.09 12.28 $26.18 $54,450
St. Cloud, MN 130 1.22 7.20 $31.89 $66,320
Farmington, NM 50 0.99 5.82 $21.68 $45,100
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 640 0.85 5.00 $23.46 $48,790
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 100 0.76 4.49 (8) (8)
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 60 0.66 3.88 $23.78 $49,470
Greeley, CO 60 0.59 3.49 $21.70 $45,140




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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 430 0.05 0.27 $52.04 $108,250
Rochester, MN (8) (8) (8) $41.02 $85,320
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 590 0.21 1.25 $39.77 $82,720
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $39.46 $82,080
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 110 0.18 1.08 $37.69 $78,400
Kennewick-Richland, WA 30 0.27 1.59 $36.96 $76,880
Duluth, MN-WI 40 0.33 1.93 $36.77 $76,480
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 530 0.27 1.61 $36.60 $76,130
Worcester, MA-CT 50 0.17 1.00 $35.79 $74,440
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 70 0.02 0.09 $33.51 $69,710

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)
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.63 3.71 $22.16 $46,100
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.59 3.45 $27.32 $56,820
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 1.74 $17.94 $37,310
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 1.25 $24.65 $51,280

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)
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.63 3.71 $22.16 $46,100
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.59 3.45 $27.32 $56,820
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 1.74 $17.94 $37,310
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 1.25 $24.65 $51,280

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.59 3.45 $27.32 $56,820
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.67 $53,400
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 1.25 $24.65 $51,280
Kansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.61 $47,030
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.63 3.71 $22.16 $46,100


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019