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   Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall in California

May also be called: Installers; Insulation Estimators; Insulation Installers; Insulation Mechanics; Insulators; Retrofit Installers; Warehouse Insulation Workers

What Would I Do?

Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall* install insulation in residential and commercial buildings. Insulation Installers may work in existing buildings performing retrofitting projects or installing insulation in newly constructed buildings in order to meet minimum building standards. Insulation Installers work with three different types of insulation materials: blow, batt, and roll. During renovation projects, removing older insulation from existing structures may be necessary. Older insulation may contain asbestos, a known cause of cancer in humans.

Green Economy: Insulation Workers could play an important role in the emerging green economy. They will assist with energy conservation by improving the efficiency of heating and air conditioning systems. Through proper insulation techniques, buildings will be able to maintain comfortable temperatures while minimizing the use of heating and air systems – reducing energy consumption and energy bills.

Insulation Workers usually work indoors after residential and commercial buildings have been constructed. Unlike other construction occupations, the work of Insulation Workers is not affected by weather conditions since their work is performed indoors. Installers need to be able to work in confined spaces. They also climb and stand on ladders for long periods of time while applying blow insulation with a hose or use a staple gun or other types of hand tools to secure insulation materials. Insulation Installers typically work 8- to 12-hour shifts, although longer shifts are common when nearing a project completion date.

*This product was partially funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration. The information contained in this product was created by a grantee organization and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. All references to non-governmental companies or organizations, their services, products, or resources are offered for informational purposes and should not be construed as an endorsement by the Department of Labor. This product is copyrighted by the institution that created it and is intended for individual organizational, non-commercial use only.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Insulation Workers may appeal to those who enjoy working on projects that require practical, hands-on problems and solutions. This occupation may interest those who are attentive to detail and thorough in completing work tasks. This occupation does not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

Wages for Insulation Workers differ widely depending on job duties, work experience, and location of the work. Workers in large cities usually earn higher wages than those who work in smaller towns and rural areas.

The median wage in 2016 for Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall in California is $44,040 annually, or $21.17 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Benefit packages vary widely from company to company. Insulation Workers generally receive health insurance, vacation, sick leave, and holiday pay. The type of benefit package is determined by company policy or union contract. Self-employed Installers are responsible for purchasing their own benefits.

What is the Job Outlook?

With the increased focus on energy efficiency and the overall reduction of energy use, it is expected that there may be increased opportunities for Insulation Installers. However, like many other construction workers, employment is sensitive to the fluctuations of the economy.

How Do I Qualify?

Most employers prefer to hire applicants with a high school diploma. Some employers maybe willing to train entry-level helpers on the job. However, completion of a formal apprenticeship, trade, or vocational training program enhances employment opportunities.

Formal apprenticeship programs require applicants to be at least 18 years of age. A high school diploma or equivalent is required along with six months experience in the construction field. Applicants must be physically able to perform all phases of the work, such as climbing up ladders while carrying equipment.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers remains one of the most effective job search methods. Jobs may also be found through registration with temporary employment agencies and through classified advertisements in newspapers, trade publications, and Internet job listings. Union members generally search for work by registering with their local hiring hall. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at and CalJOBSSM at

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