Male Insulators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $18.07 per hour in the United States. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While some workers in this profession — just over two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and over a third have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Insulators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
|Salary||$28,394 - $90,500|
|Bonus||$506 - $3,034|
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|$26,802 - $71,543|
|Hourly Rate||$12.03 - $27.96|
|Overtime||$17.65 - $42.30|
|Bonus||$506 - $3,034|
|Total Pay (||$26,802 - $71,543|
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.Read More...
Most of their work is done indoors, usually in an industrial or residential setting, but this depends heavily on the particular projects at hand. Much of their time is spent standing, kneeling, and bending in small spaces, and some particular skills and knowledge are necessary for the position. For example, they must know how to read blueprints and measure and cut to exact specifications; they must be able to determine what kind of insulation is needed, how much, and the correct way to install it, which depends on factors like equipment used, surface shape, and location. Knowing how to staple, tape, spray, cement, and fasten insulation is also important, as there is a variety of ways to install the material.
Typically, after jobs are finished, insulators must be able to install sheet metal, plastic, or any other required material in order to protect and hide the insulation from weather conditions and other physical damage. Some insulating materials can be harmful, so those in this position must follow all handling guidelines at all times in order to work safely. For example, to remove old insulating material, which may include asbestos, workers must call on specially-trained hazardous material removers to assist before insulation work can begin.
Most insulators gain knowledge from on-the-job experience. Internships are available, but not necessarily required for employment. A high school diploma and at least some relevant experience may be required by some employers. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
- 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.
- 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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Insulator
Pay by Experience for an Insulator has a positive trend. An entry-level Insulator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 159 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Insulator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 89 salaries. An experienced Insulator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 72 salaries. An Insulator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 37 salaries.
Key Stats for Insulator
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