Average Hourly Wage of Insulation Workers, By State

This is the 17th installment of Construction Junkie's weekly analysis of the hourly wages of each individual construction profession by state.  The three previous professions we examined were solar panel installerswindow glaziers, and sheet metal workers.  You can also see the full list of all past and future professions by clicking here.

Insulation workers, specifically those that install floor, ceiling, and wall insulation typically learn their trade on the job.  Whether installing more traditional fiberglass insulation or spray foam insulation, these types of workers almost exclusively work indoors. Although there are also mechanical insulation workers, their numbers are broken out separately, as they make an average of $10,000 per year more than floor, wall, and ceiling insulators.

Below you'll find a breakout of how each state compensates their floor, ceiling, and wall insulators.  All data below comes from the BLS' most recent reports from May 2016. 

Graph of Average Hourly Wage of Insulation Workers, by State

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Rankings of Average Hourly Wage of Insulation Workers, by State

51. District of Columbia  --  No Data Available/hour

50. Hawaii  --  No Data Available/hour

49. Rhode Island  --  No Data Available/hour

48. Idaho  --  $12.97/hour

47. Mississippi  --  $14.11/hour

46. Montana  --  $14.50/hour

45. New Mexico  --  $14.59/hour

44. Arizona  --  $14.91/hour

43. Alabama  --  $14.99/hour

42. Arkansas  --  $15.96/hour

41. Kansas  --  $16.20/hour

40. Colorado  --  $16.22/hour

39. Tennessee  --  $16.24/hour

38. West Virginia  --  $16.64/hour

37. Nebraska  --  $16.76/hour

36. South Dakota  --  $16.78/hour

35. Georgia  --  $16.89/hour

34. Florida  --  $16.90/hour

33. South Carolina  --  $17.09/hour

32. Vermont  --  $17.12/hour

31. North Carolina  --  $17.20/hour

30. Indiana  --  $17.24/hour

29. Oklahoma  --  $17.25/hour

28. Wyoming  --  $17.73/hour

27. Texas  --  $17.81/hour

26. Nevada  --  $17.95/hour

25. Missouri  --  $17.98/hour

24. Minnesota  --  $18.00/hour

23. New Jersey  --  $18.02/hour

22. Michigan  --  $18.11/hour

21. New Hampshire  --  $18.11/hour

20. Oregon  --  $18.24/hour

19. Virginia  --  $18.44/hour

18. Connecticut  --  $18.56/hour

17. Kentucky  --  $18.60/hour

16. Massachusetts  --  $18.75/hour

15. Maryland  --  $18.81/hour

14. Ohio  --  $19.05/hour

13. Wisconsin  --  $19.24/hour

12. Maine  --  $19.36/hour

11. Louisiana  --  $19.41/hour

10. Iowa--$19.67/hour

9. Pennsylvania  --  $20.72/hour

8. Utah  --  $20.90/hour

7. North Dakota  --  $21.51/hour

6. Delaware  --  $21.79/hour

5. New York  --  $22.06/hour

4. Washington  --  $24.55/hour

3. California  --  $26.27/hour

2. Alaska  --  $27.92/hour

1. Illinois  --  $28.08/hour

Graph of Average Hourly Wage of Insulation Workers - Adjusted for Cost of Living, by State

Cost of living in each state also has a large impact on the amount of money construction trades actually bring home, so the graph below shows each state's adjusted hourly wage based upon the cost of living index for that state.  All cost of living index data comes from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center and was last updated for the second quarter of 2017.  The cost of living index was based upon grocery, housing, utilities, transportation, health, and miscellaneous costs for each state. 

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Rankings of Average Hourly Wage of Insulation Workers- Adjusted for Cost of Living, by State

51. District of Columbia  --  No Data Available/hour

50. Hawaii  --  No Data Available/hour

49. Rhode Island  --  No Data Available/hour

48. Oregon  --  $12.46/hour

47. Massachusetts  --  $13.03/hour

46. Maryland  --  $13.73/hour

45. New Jersey  --  $13.97/hour

44. Idaho  --  $14.10/hour

43. California  --  $14.29/hour

42. Montana  --  $14.40/hour

41. New York  --  $15.09/hour

40. Arizona  --  $15.43/hour

39. New Mexico  --  $15.45/hour

38. Connecticut  --  $15.50/hour

37. Colorado  --  $15.75/hour

36. New Hampshire  --  $15.94/hour

35. Mississippi  --  $16.16/hour

34. Alabama  --  $16.38/hour

33. Vermont  --  $16.62/hour

32. South Dakota  --  $16.85/hour

31. Nevada  --  $16.98/hour

30. Maine  --  $17.09/hour

29. Florida  --  $17.15/hour

28. West Virginia  --  $17.32/hour

27. South Carolina  --  $17.33/hour

26. Kansas  --  $17.87/hour

25. Tennessee  --  $17.96/hour

24. Arkansas  --  $17.97/hour

23. Virginia  --  $18.03/hour

22. Minnesota  --  $18.04/hour

21. North Carolina  --  $18.13/hour

20. Nebraska  --  $18.13/hour

19. Wyoming  --  $18.35/hour

18. Georgia  --  $18.48/hour

17. Indiana  --  $18.83/hour

16. Oklahoma  --  $19.01/hour

15. Alaska  --  $19.43/hour

14. Texas  --  $19.48/hour

13. Wisconsin  --  $19.74/hour

12. Missouri  --  $19.80/hour

11. Kentucky  --  $19.85/hour

10. Michigan--$19.87/hour

9. Pennsylvania  --  $20.39/hour

8. Louisiana  --  $20.46/hour

7. Ohio  --  $20.52/hour

6. Iowa  --  $21.26/hour

5. Delaware  --  $21.31/hour

4. North Dakota  --  $21.75/hour

3. Utah  --  $21.88/hour

2. Washington  --  $22.59/hour

1. Illinois  --  $28.87/hour