Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
47,160 3.1 % $13.69 $28,460 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.94 $10.61 $13.19 $16.22 $18.59
Annual Wage (2) $18,600 $22,070 $27,430 $33,730 $38,660


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 36,440 2.11 $13.41 $27,900
Utility System Construction 4,260 0.95 $14.21 $29,550
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,050 0.46 $15.36 $31,950
Local Government (OES Designation) 760 0.01 $16.57 $34,460
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 670 0.12 $12.05 $25,060

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 36,440 2.11 $13.41 $27,900
Utility System Construction 4,260 0.95 $14.21 $29,550
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,050 0.46 $15.36 $31,950
Natural Gas Distribution 190 0.17 $19.80 $41,180
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 170 0.13 $12.76 $26,530

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 40 (7) $24.79 $51,560
Natural Gas Distribution 190 0.17 $19.80 $41,180
Support Activities for Mining (8) (8) $16.97 $35,290
Local Government (OES Designation) 760 0.01 $16.57 $34,460
Building Finishing Contractors 40 0.01 $15.74 $32,730


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 8,010 0.73 2.06 $13.71 $28,520
New York 3,540 0.41 1.15 $14.52 $30,190
California 2,910 0.20 0.56 $14.97 $31,140
Florida 2,570 0.35 0.97 $11.82 $24,590
North Carolina 2,470 0.63 1.76 $13.20 $27,450




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)
Louisiana 2,300 1.22 3.43 $14.15 $29,430
Wyoming 280 1.00 2.80 $14.05 $29,220
New Mexico 730 0.93 2.63 $12.60 $26,200
Oklahoma 1,350 0.87 2.44 $12.65 $26,310
Mississippi 860 0.80 2.24 $11.54 $24,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington (8) (8) (8) $21.47 $44,670
Alaska 40 0.12 0.34 $19.64 $40,840
Hawaii 120 0.20 0.55 $17.62 $36,650
New Jersey 770 0.20 0.57 $16.81 $34,960
Wisconsin 370 0.14 0.38 $15.90 $33,070





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 2,660 0.96 2.71 $14.94 $31,080
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,620 0.50 1.41 $15.01 $31,220
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.61 1.70 $14.50 $30,170
Baton Rouge, LA 1,170 3.20 8.99 $14.75 $30,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.45 1.27 $15.52 $32,280
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,040 0.45 1.26 $11.61 $24,140
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 850 0.93 2.62 $12.93 $26,900
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 740 0.20 0.56 $14.65 $30,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 690 0.17 0.49 $14.54 $30,240
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 690 0.79 2.21 $12.21 $25,390




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)
Baton Rouge, LA 1,170 3.20 8.99 $14.75 $30,670
Sumter, SC 70 1.99 5.59 (8) (8)
Odessa, TX 110 1.60 4.50 $12.52 $26,040
Anderson, SC 90 1.57 4.40 $15.42 $32,080
Santa Fe, NM 90 1.51 4.24 $12.48 $25,950
Rapid City, SD 80 1.38 3.87 $12.01 $24,980
Las Cruces, NM 90 1.29 3.62 $12.62 $26,240
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 200 1.27 3.56 $16.72 $34,770
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 150 1.26 3.55 $15.77 $32,800
Lubbock, TX 160 1.23 3.47 $12.53 $26,060




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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $24.27 $50,470
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $21.28 $44,260
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.23 0.63 $19.22 $39,980
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $18.33 $38,140
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 130 0.26 0.72 $18.11 $37,670
Madison, WI 60 0.17 0.48 $17.93 $37,280
Honolulu, HI 110 0.24 0.67 $17.80 $37,030
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 60 0.58 1.62 $17.73 $36,880
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $17.67 $36,750
Savannah, GA 100 0.68 1.91 $17.21 $35,810

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 330 1.11 3.12 $13.23 $27,510
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 270 0.70 1.97 $13.20 $27,450
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 220 0.86 2.42 $13.41 $27,900
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.67 1.87 $10.23 $21,280
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 160 1.57 4.41 $10.05 $20,900

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)
Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan area 40 2.32 6.51 $16.53 $34,380
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area 140 1.78 4.99 $14.12 $29,370
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 1.72 4.83 $10.61 $22,080
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 160 1.57 4.41 $10.05 $20,900
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 50 1.17 3.29 $15.85 $32,960

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)
Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan area 40 2.32 6.51 $16.53 $34,380
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.88 $33,040
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 50 1.17 3.29 $15.85 $32,960
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.28 $31,790
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.55 0.00 $15.17 $31,550


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014