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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
58,400 3.5 % $16.23 $33,750 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.20 $13.14 $15.43 $18.56 $22.98
Annual Wage (2) $23,290 $27,320 $32,100 $38,600 $47,800


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 46,040 2.07 $15.74 $32,740
Utility System Construction 3,820 0.67 $18.43 $38,330
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,090 0.37 (8) (8)
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 760 0.11 $16.18 $33,660
Support Activities for Mining 660 0.19 $16.38 $34,070

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 46,040 2.07 $15.74 $32,740
Utility System Construction 3,820 0.67 $18.43 $38,330
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,090 0.37 (8) (8)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 360 0.23 $15.01 $31,220
Support Activities for Mining 660 0.19 $16.38 $34,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 70 0.06 $20.64 $42,930
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 570 0.01 $20.35 $42,330
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 40 (7) $18.75 $38,990
Utility System Construction 3,820 0.67 $18.43 $38,330
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 220 0.05 $17.23 $35,840


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 11,780 0.95 2.38 $16.39 $34,080
Florida 6,400 0.73 1.83 $14.41 $29,970
North Carolina 3,790 0.85 2.13 $14.12 $29,380
New York 3,590 0.38 0.95 $18.65 $38,800
California 3,400 0.20 0.49 $18.26 $37,970




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 3,240 1.68 4.24 (8) (8)
Texas 11,780 0.95 2.38 $16.39 $34,080
North Carolina 3,790 0.85 2.13 $14.12 $29,380
New Mexico 630 0.76 1.91 $15.96 $33,190
Florida 6,400 0.73 1.83 $14.41 $29,970




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 150 0.48 1.20 $21.39 $44,490
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $20.15 $41,910
Connecticut 440 0.27 0.67 $19.95 $41,500
Wisconsin 1,040 0.36 0.91 $19.43 $40,410
Massachusetts 420 0.11 0.29 $19.30 $40,150





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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,650 1.52 3.83 $18.80 $39,100
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,290 0.34 0.86 $18.85 $39,200
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,480 0.68 1.71 $14.80 $30,790
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,090 0.66 1.65 $17.06 $35,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,690 0.27 0.68 $16.71 $34,750
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,600 0.60 1.52 $15.33 $31,890
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,190 0.96 2.40 $14.23 $29,590
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,170 0.43 1.07 $14.96 $31,110
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,170 0.25 0.63 $17.71 $36,840
Lake Charles, LA 1,150 9.95 25.03 $20.64 $42,920




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)
Lake Charles, LA 1,150 9.95 25.03 $20.64 $42,920
Enid, OK 100 3.94 9.91 $22.70 $47,210
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 200 3.57 8.97 $12.78 $26,590
Monroe, LA 140 1.83 4.60 $12.61 $26,220
Rapid City, SD 120 1.81 4.54 $13.21 $27,480
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 290 1.78 4.48 $17.15 $35,670
Midland, TX 190 1.68 4.24 $15.47 $32,170
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 890 1.60 4.03 $16.17 $33,630
Beckley, WV 70 1.56 3.91 $12.91 $26,840
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,650 1.52 3.83 $18.80 $39,100




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)
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 230 0.27 0.68 $23.60 $49,080
Enid, OK 100 3.94 9.91 $22.70 $47,210
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $21.92 $45,590
Kansas City, MO-KS 220 0.20 0.50 $21.66 $45,050
Peoria, IL 30 0.18 0.45 $21.62 $44,980
Santa Rosa, CA (8) (8) (8) $21.50 $44,720
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 170 0.17 0.42 $21.25 $44,210
Lake Charles, LA 1,150 9.95 25.03 $20.64 $42,920
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY (8) (8) (8) $20.20 $42,020
Rockford, IL 30 0.21 0.52 $19.97 $41,540

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)
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 330 1.17 2.95 $13.62 $28,330
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 250 1.29 3.23 $14.77 $30,720
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 210 0.94 2.36 $17.56 $36,530
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area 150 1.77 4.45 $13.82 $28,740
Northeast South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 130 1.36 3.42 $14.76 $30,710

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)
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area 150 1.77 4.45 $13.82 $28,740
Northeast South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 130 1.36 3.42 $14.76 $30,710
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 250 1.29 3.23 $14.77 $30,720
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 330 1.17 2.95 $13.62 $28,330
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 70 1.03 2.60 $10.61 $22,080

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.11 $43,910
Kansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.38 $38,230
West Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.67 $36,750
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 210 0.94 2.36 $17.56 $36,530
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.38 $36,140


About May 2019 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.

(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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020