Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

47-3015 Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

Help plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, or pipelayers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment. Construction laborers who do not primarily assist plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, or pipelayers are classified under "Construction Laborers" (47-2061). Apprentice workers are classified with the appropriate skilled construction trade occupation (47-2011 through 47-2231).


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)
57,660 3.3 % $13.44 $27,950 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.78 $10.48 $12.85 $15.44 $18.40
Annual Wage (2) $18,270 $21,800 $26,740 $32,120 $38,270


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)
Building Equipment Contractors 44,640 2.70 $13.19 $27,440
Utility System Construction 5,150 1.34 $14.31 $29,760
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,490 0.53 $14.55 $30,250
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 750 0.14 $13.26 $27,570
Local Government (OES Designation) 640 0.01 $16.57 $34,470

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 44,640 2.70 $13.19 $27,440
Utility System Construction 5,150 1.34 $14.31 $29,760
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,490 0.53 $14.55 $30,250
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 110 0.23 $11.69 $24,320
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 140 0.14 $13.57 $28,220

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 40 (7) $17.97 $37,370
Natural Gas Distribution 90 0.08 $17.90 $37,240
Local Government (OES Designation) 640 0.01 $16.57 $34,470
Elementary and Secondary Schools 40 (7) $16.57 $34,460
Services to Buildings and Dwellings (8) (8) $16.16 $33,610


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 11,170 1.11 2.44 $12.74 $26,500
California 4,100 0.29 0.65 $17.17 $35,710
North Carolina 3,650 0.97 2.14 $12.54 $26,090
Florida 3,130 0.44 0.97 $12.61 $26,240
New York 3,050 0.37 0.81 $13.98 $29,070




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)
New Mexico 1,020 1.31 2.89 $12.15 $25,280
Texas 11,170 1.11 2.44 $12.74 $26,500
Louisiana 1,970 1.08 2.37 $13.37 $27,820
North Carolina 3,650 0.97 2.14 $12.54 $26,090
Mississippi 1,020 0.96 2.11 $12.50 $26,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska (8) (8) (8) $21.94 $45,630
Massachusetts 490 0.16 0.34 $17.22 $35,810
California 4,100 0.29 0.65 $17.17 $35,710
Minnesota 360 0.14 0.31 $16.93 $35,220
Maine 250 0.43 0.95 $16.87 $35,080

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 3,910 1.57 3.45 $13.21 $27,480
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,290 0.46 1.01 $14.68 $30,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,670 0.73 1.61 $15.17 $31,550
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,460 0.66 1.46 $12.44 $25,880
San Antonio, TX 1,310 1.57 3.47 $12.17 $25,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,260 0.33 0.73 (8) (8)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.55 1.21 $13.78 $28,660
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC 910 1.13 2.48 $13.53 $28,150
Baltimore-Towson, MD 890 0.72 1.59 $12.92 $26,870
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 870 1.05 2.31 $13.79 $28,680




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)
Odessa, TX 160 2.83 6.23 $12.24 $25,450
Farmington, NM 100 2.06 4.55 $12.22 $25,420
Santa Fe, NM 120 2.04 4.49 $9.82 $20,430
College Station-Bryan, TX 180 1.91 4.20 $11.51 $23,930
Jackson, MS 450 1.85 4.08 $12.72 $26,450
Las Cruces, NM 120 1.80 3.97 $11.79 $24,510
Baton Rouge, LA 640 1.79 3.95 $15.67 $32,590
Corpus Christi, TX 310 1.79 3.94 $12.92 $26,880
Sumter, SC 60 1.76 3.89 $11.31 $23,520
Alexandria, LA 110 1.75 3.86 $13.80 $28,710




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 130 0.16 0.34 $21.20 $44,090
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 190 0.11 0.25 $19.60 $40,770
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL (8) (8) (8) $19.53 $40,620
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA (8) (8) (8) $18.81 $39,120
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 140 0.75 1.66 $18.60 $38,690
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 110 0.11 0.25 $18.23 $37,930
Madison, WI 80 0.26 0.57 $18.04 $37,520
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 170 0.11 0.23 $17.83 $37,080
Worcester, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $17.34 $36,070
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY (8) (8) (8) $17.25 $35,890

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)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 450 1.56 3.44 $12.58 $26,160
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 230 1.64 3.62 $11.78 $24,500
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 220 0.81 1.78 $11.46 $23,830
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 200 0.83 1.82 $11.85 $24,640
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.47 1.03 $14.49 $30,140

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)
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 150 2.29 5.06 $12.87 $26,780
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 230 1.64 3.62 $11.78 $24,500
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 450 1.56 3.44 $12.58 $26,160
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 160 1.34 2.95 $9.24 $19,230
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 120 1.17 2.57 $11.67 $24,280

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)
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.04 $41,680
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 0.51 $18.36 $38,200
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.47 1.04 $17.10 $35,560
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.98 $33,230
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.37 $31,960


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