Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

47-2151 Pipelayers

Lay pipe for storm or sanitation sewers, drains, and water mains. Perform any combination of the following tasks: grade trenches or culverts, position pipe, or seal joints. Excludes "Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers" (51-4121).


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)
45,320 2.5 % $18.38 $38,230 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.00 $13.21 $16.73 $22.37 $28.89
Annual Wage (2) $22,880 $27,470 $34,800 $46,530 $60,090


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)
Utility System Construction 17,500 4.54 $18.38 $38,220
Local Government (OES Designation) 12,780 0.23 $17.66 $36,730
Building Equipment Contractors 4,770 0.29 $19.99 $41,580
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 3,620 0.67 $18.08 $37,600
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,390 0.78 $19.00 $39,510

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utility System Construction 17,500 4.54 $18.38 $38,220
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 620 1.32 $18.32 $38,110
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,390 0.78 $19.00 $39,510
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 3,620 0.67 $18.08 $37,600
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 490 0.50 $15.92 $33,120

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 60 (7) $27.64 $57,490
Natural Gas Distribution 380 0.35 $23.24 $48,340
Support Activities for Mining 70 0.03 $20.51 $42,660
Building Equipment Contractors 4,770 0.29 $19.99 $41,580
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 50 0.01 $19.07 $39,670


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 5,610 0.56 1.56 $13.96 $29,030
Florida 3,520 0.50 1.39 $16.01 $33,290
California 3,150 0.23 0.63 $24.08 $50,090
North Carolina 2,840 0.75 2.12 $15.28 $31,790
Tennessee 2,040 0.79 2.23 $16.25 $33,810




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)
Alabama 1,870 1.04 2.90 $15.27 $31,770
Tennessee 2,040 0.79 2.23 $16.25 $33,810
North Carolina 2,840 0.75 2.12 $15.28 $31,790
Oklahoma 930 0.63 1.76 $14.58 $30,340
Mississippi 650 0.60 1.69 $14.79 $30,770




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 760 0.14 0.39 $27.61 $57,420
Minnesota 1,120 0.44 1.23 $27.59 $57,380
Connecticut 200 0.13 0.36 $26.49 $55,110
Washington 900 0.34 0.94 $25.89 $53,850
Wisconsin 460 0.18 0.49 $24.95 $51,890

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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,260 0.51 1.42 $13.99 $29,090
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.56 1.58 $14.41 $29,980
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 850 0.39 1.08 $16.04 $33,360
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 730 0.43 1.21 $21.59 $44,920
Denver-Aurora, CO 700 0.59 1.65 $15.84 $32,950
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 630 0.90 2.53 $16.60 $34,520
Raleigh-Cary, NC 580 1.18 3.31 $17.14 $35,650
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 560 0.51 1.44 $16.20 $33,700
San Antonio, TX 540 0.64 1.80 $13.02 $27,090
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 520 0.63 1.76 $14.40 $29,960




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)
Pascagoula, MS 100 1.83 5.12 $14.51 $30,180
Grand Junction, CO 100 1.73 4.84 $19.31 $40,170
Burlington, NC 70 1.34 3.77 $13.18 $27,420
Mobile, AL 220 1.34 3.75 $13.46 $28,000
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 60 1.34 3.75 $15.56 $32,360
Wilmington, NC 180 1.33 3.73 $15.16 $31,530
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 200 1.30 3.65 $16.21 $33,710
Madera, CA 50 1.28 3.60 $13.89 $28,880
Greenville, NC 90 1.24 3.47 $15.63 $32,500
Montgomery, AL 190 1.20 3.38 $21.21 $44,110




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)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $30.60 $63,640
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 80 0.29 0.80 $30.29 $63,000
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 110 0.09 0.26 $30.23 $62,870
Spokane, WA 60 0.30 0.84 $30.13 $62,670
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 490 0.29 0.81 $28.95 $60,220
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.11 0.30 $28.94 $60,190
Binghamton, NY 50 0.45 1.26 $28.92 $60,160
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI (8) (8) (8) $28.83 $59,960
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA (8) (8) (8) $28.69 $59,670
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 40 0.11 0.30 $28.42 $59,120

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 Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 430 1.80 5.03 $14.46 $30,080
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 250 0.87 2.44 $15.03 $31,260
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 250 2.11 5.92 $14.38 $29,910
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 180 1.61 4.52 $13.23 $27,520
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 160 0.69 1.92 $13.81 $28,730

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)
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 250 2.11 5.92 $14.38 $29,910
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 90 1.87 5.25 $21.30 $44,310
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 1.87 5.24 $14.82 $30,820
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 430 1.80 5.03 $14.46 $30,080
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 180 1.61 4.52 $13.23 $27,520

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.48 $57,150
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.00 $51,990
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 0.90 $24.44 $50,830
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 0.52 $23.41 $48,700
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 80 0.51 1.43 $21.34 $44,380


About May 2010 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 mean 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011