A sizeable majority of Insulators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $18.28 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While just under a half report receiving no health benefits, slightly more than half do receive medical coverage, and approximately one in three have dental, as well. For the most part, Insulators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,843 - $81,546
(Median)
$26K
$44K
$82K
MEDIAN: $44,500
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$11.65 - $30.05
(Median)
$12
$18
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$25,843 - $81,546  
   
Bonus
$484.79 - $2,332  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,953 - $71,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $30.05  
   
Overtime
$17.16 - $41.04  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$484.79 - $2,332  
   
Profit Sharing
$500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,953 - $71,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 244
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Job Description for Insulator

Insulators are responsible for applying, removing, and repairing materials in pipes, ductwork, industrial equipment, and other mechanical systems in order to control and maintain temperatures and/or noise.

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Insulator Tasks

  • Employ safety protocols in the handling of hazardous materials, such as lead and asbestos.
  • Use various hand and power tools to customize insulation materials to pipes, refrigeration systems, ducts, or other surfaces.
  • Affix insulation materials to hot or cold regulation systems to maintain a constant temperature.
  • Apply finishing materials to secured insulation, such as plastic, canvas, sealants, cement, or metal.

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Pay by Experience Level for Insulator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $36K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $47K. Insulators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $51K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $54K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Insulator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
medical benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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