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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
54,710 3.3 % $15.66 $32,570 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.51 $12.69 $14.89 $18.09 $22.21
Annual Wage (2) $21,860 $26,390 $30,980 $37,620 $46,200


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 42,180 1.98 $15.26 $31,740
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,750 0.46 $18.77 $39,030
Utility System Construction 2,790 0.53 $16.00 $33,290
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 670 0.10 $15.14 $31,480
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 620 0.01 $19.63 $40,830

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 42,180 1.98 $15.26 $31,740
Utility System Construction 2,790 0.53 $16.00 $33,290
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,750 0.46 $18.77 $39,030
Support Activities for Mining 610 0.19 $16.07 $33,430
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 210 0.14 $13.63 $28,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 100 0.09 $20.98 $43,630
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 620 0.01 $19.63 $40,830
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 40 (7) $18.99 $39,510
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,750 0.46 $18.77 $39,030
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 50 0.02 $17.50 $36,390


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 9,250 0.76 2.02 $15.76 $32,780
Florida 6,070 0.71 1.87 $13.73 $28,570
Louisiana 3,520 1.84 4.87 $17.04 $35,440
New York 3,520 0.38 0.99 $18.25 $37,960
North Carolina 3,080 0.70 1.86 $14.29 $29,730




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 3,520 1.84 4.87 $17.04 $35,440
Oklahoma 1,350 0.85 2.24 $16.69 $34,710
New Mexico 690 0.85 2.26 $15.53 $32,300
Texas 9,250 0.76 2.02 $15.76 $32,780
Florida 6,070 0.71 1.87 $13.73 $28,570




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) $23.27 $48,400
Missouri 270 0.10 0.26 $19.11 $39,750
Washington 640 0.19 0.52 $18.75 $39,000
Hawaii (8) (8) (8) $18.59 $38,660
District of Columbia 350 0.49 1.31 $18.27 $38,000





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,340 0.35 0.93 $18.64 $38,770
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,160 1.06 2.80 $18.00 $37,430
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,960 0.55 1.45 $15.00 $31,200
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,820 0.58 1.53 $16.45 $34,210
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,470 0.57 1.50 $14.40 $29,950
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,400 0.23 0.61 $16.04 $33,370
Lake Charles, LA 1,350 11.67 30.89 $20.05 $41,700
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,170 0.44 1.16 $14.25 $29,640
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,130 0.93 2.46 $14.71 $30,590
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,100 1.99 5.26 $14.58 $30,320




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 1,350 11.67 30.89 $20.05 $41,700
Enid, OK 100 3.97 10.52 $23.30 $48,470
Homosassa Springs, FL 110 3.35 8.85 $15.70 $32,650
Rapid City, SD 130 2.05 5.42 $12.85 $26,730
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,100 1.99 5.26 $14.58 $30,320
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 450 1.77 4.68 $16.50 $34,320
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 90 1.64 4.34 $17.27 $35,930
Monroe, LA 130 1.62 4.28 $12.38 $25,760
Hattiesburg, MS 100 1.59 4.21 $12.47 $25,930
Alexandria, LA 90 1.53 4.05 $16.72 $34,770




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)
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $31.48 $65,470
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $24.59 $51,140
Enid, OK 100 3.97 10.52 $23.30 $48,470
Kansas City, MO-KS 250 0.23 0.61 $21.37 $44,440
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 170 0.18 0.47 $20.52 $42,690
Lake Charles, LA 1,350 11.67 30.89 $20.05 $41,700
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 390 0.20 0.52 $19.85 $41,290
St. Louis, MO-IL 120 0.09 0.23 $19.42 $40,390
Urban Honolulu, HI 90 0.18 0.48 $19.33 $40,200
Rockford, IL 40 0.28 0.75 $19.30 $40,140

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)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 200 1.28 3.39 $14.69 $30,560
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 1.04 2.75 $14.75 $30,680
Northeast South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 180 1.98 5.24 $16.21 $33,720
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 170 0.76 2.00 $15.67 $32,590
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 160 0.95 2.50 $13.84 $28,790

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)
Northeast South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 180 1.98 5.24 $16.21 $33,720
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 130 1.33 3.53 $14.53 $30,220
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 200 1.28 3.39 $14.69 $30,560
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 1.04 2.75 $14.75 $30,680
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 160 0.95 2.50 $13.84 $28,790

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)
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 30 0.50 1.33 $24.78 $51,550
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.20 $46,180
Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.64 $42,930
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.46 $42,550
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.44 1.17 $18.36 $38,190


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019