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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Pipelayers
Industry profile for Pipelayers
Geographic profile for Pipelayers

National estimates for Pipelayers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Pipelayers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
33,950 3.0 % $ 21.66 $ 45,060 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Pipelayers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.83 $ 16.41 $ 19.46 $ 25.22 $ 33.22
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,760 $ 34,140 $ 40,480 $ 52,450 $ 69,090


Industry profile for Pipelayers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Pipelayers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Pipelayers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Pipelayers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utility System Construction 13,940 2.50 $ 21.88 $ 45,520
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 6,760 0.13 $ 20.91 $ 43,480
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 4,530 0.65 $ 21.76 $ 45,270
Building Equipment Contractors 2,830 0.13 $ 23.76 $ 49,430
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,300 0.64 $ 20.87 $ 43,410

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Pipelayers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utility System Construction 13,940 2.50 $ 21.88 $ 45,520
Land Subdivision 330 0.94 $ 18.59 $ 38,670
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 4,530 0.65 $ 21.76 $ 45,270
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 340 0.64 $ 19.38 $ 40,300
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,300 0.64 $ 20.87 $ 43,410

Top paying industries for Pipelayers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors (8) (8) $ 29.11 $ 60,540
Natural Gas Distribution 120 0.11 $ 25.15 $ 52,310
Building Equipment Contractors 2,830 0.13 $ 23.76 $ 49,430
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $ 23.18 $ 48,210
Residential Building Construction (8) (8) $ 22.94 $ 47,720


Geographic profile for Pipelayers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Pipelayers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Pipelayers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Pipelayers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 3,940 0.47 1.91 $ 18.93 $ 39,380
Texas 3,520 0.29 1.19 $ 18.26 $ 37,980
North Carolina 3,450 0.80 3.30 $ 17.68 $ 36,770
California 2,700 0.16 0.67 $ 29.33 $ 61,010
Alabama 1,560 0.82 3.37 $ 17.32 $ 36,010




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Pipelayers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 570 0.88 3.59 $ 16.14 $ 33,580
Alabama 1,560 0.82 3.37 $ 17.32 $ 36,010
Nevada 1,010 0.81 3.30 $ 24.27 $ 50,480
North Carolina 3,450 0.80 3.30 $ 17.68 $ 36,770
Oklahoma 840 0.54 2.21 $ 17.58 $ 36,560




Top paying states for Pipelayers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 520 0.19 0.78 $ 36.73 $ 76,390
Massachusetts 210 0.06 0.25 $ 33.88 $ 70,480
Connecticut 70 0.05 0.20 $ 33.83 $ 70,360
New Jersey 220 0.06 0.24 $ 33.00 $ 68,650
Washington 770 0.24 0.99 $ 31.89 $ 66,330





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Pipelayers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,120 0.92 3.79 $ 18.38 $ 38,220
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,070 0.41 1.66 $ 19.51 $ 40,580
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 970 0.46 1.88 $ 23.00 $ 47,840
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 930 1.03 4.24 $ 24.25 $ 50,440
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 870 0.24 0.99 $ 18.99 $ 39,500
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 830 0.70 2.86 $ 20.62 $ 42,880
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 760 0.30 1.25 $ 20.28 $ 42,190
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 750 0.25 1.03 $ 17.90 $ 37,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 680 0.22 0.92 $ 20.76 $ 43,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 650 0.11 0.46 $ 33.17 $ 68,990




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Pipelayers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
The Villages, FL 80 2.70 11.06 $ 18.69 $ 38,880
Ocala, FL 180 1.72 7.05 $ 15.99 $ 33,260
Tuscaloosa, AL 160 1.56 6.39 $ 17.07 $ 35,500
Goldsboro, NC 50 1.31 5.37 $ 19.51 $ 40,570
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 190 1.31 5.36 $ 14.73 $ 30,640
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 40 1.14 4.66 $ 13.62 $ 28,330
Jacksonville, NC 50 1.13 4.62 $ 16.29 $ 33,890
Asheville, NC 200 1.08 4.41 $ 16.54 $ 34,400
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 520 1.04 4.26 $ 16.75 $ 34,840
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 930 1.03 4.24 $ 24.25 $ 50,440




Top paying metropolitan areas for Pipelayers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 430 0.23 0.95 $ 37.44 $ 77,880
Eugene, OR 40 0.24 1.00 $ 36.66 $ 76,240
Worcester, MA-CT 40 0.13 0.55 $ 34.90 $ 72,600
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 120 0.15 0.63 $ 34.04 $ 70,800
Pittsburgh, PA 100 0.10 0.39 $ 33.55 $ 69,780
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 530 0.27 1.10 $ 33.51 $ 69,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 650 0.11 0.46 $ 33.17 $ 68,990
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD (8) (8) (8) $ 33.15 $ 68,940
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 32.63 $ 67,880
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 210 0.02 0.10 $ 32.58 $ 67,760

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Pipelayers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 270 1.09 4.46 $ 16.21 $ 33,710
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 270 1.10 4.53 $ 16.32 $ 33,950
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 240 1.68 6.90 $ 16.67 $ 34,670
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 230 1.72 7.05 $ 16.11 $ 33,520
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 180 2.02 8.26 $ 17.08 $ 35,530

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Pipelayers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 180 2.02 8.26 $ 17.08 $ 35,530
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 230 1.72 7.05 $ 16.11 $ 33,520
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 240 1.68 6.90 $ 16.67 $ 34,670
Northeast South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 110 1.18 4.83 $ 21.27 $ 44,240
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 270 1.10 4.53 $ 16.32 $ 33,950

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Pipelayers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.86 $ 33.49 $ 69,650
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.30 1.21 $ 32.49 $ 67,590
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 31.57 $ 65,670
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 29.35 $ 61,040
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 25.59 $ 53,230


About May 2020 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 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.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021