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

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 Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
Industry profile for Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
Geographic profile for Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

National estimates for Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
55,740 3.6 % $ 16.82 $ 34,990 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.93 $ 13.61 $ 16.15 $ 19.27 $ 23.73
Annual Wage (2) $ 24,820 $ 28,310 $ 33,590 $ 40,070 $ 49,360


Industry profile for Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 44,830 2.05 $ 16.41 $ 34,120
Utility System Construction 3,910 0.70 $ 19.05 $ 39,630
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,380 0.29 (8) (8)
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 860 0.12 $ 16.83 $ 35,000
Residential Building Construction 690 0.09 (8) (8)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 44,830 2.05 $ 16.41 $ 34,120
Utility System Construction 3,910 0.70 $ 19.05 $ 39,630
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,380 0.29 (8) (8)
Support Activities for Mining 360 0.13 $ 18.54 $ 38,570
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 860 0.12 $ 16.83 $ 35,000

Top paying industries for Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 450 0.01 $ 23.12 $ 48,090
Natural Gas Distribution (8) (8) $ 20.27 $ 42,150
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 110 0.03 $ 19.21 $ 39,950
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 40 (7) $ 19.12 $ 39,760
Utility System Construction 3,910 0.70 $ 19.05 $ 39,630


Geographic profile for Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 9,870 0.82 2.03 $ 17.22 $ 35,830
Florida 6,560 0.78 1.94 $ 15.04 $ 31,290
California 4,340 0.26 0.66 $ 19.63 $ 40,840
North Carolina 3,790 0.88 2.21 $ 14.50 $ 30,160
Louisiana 3,200 1.77 4.43 $ 17.43 $ 36,250




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 3,200 1.77 4.43 $ 17.43 $ 36,250
North Carolina 3,790 0.88 2.21 $ 14.50 $ 30,160
Texas 9,870 0.82 2.03 $ 17.22 $ 35,830
Alabama 1,540 0.81 2.02 $ 13.81 $ 28,730
New Mexico 620 0.79 1.96 $ 16.73 $ 34,810




Top paying states for Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Missouri 240 0.09 0.22 $ 20.94 $ 43,550
Alaska 90 0.31 0.77 $ 20.93 $ 43,530
Hawaii 50 0.09 0.22 $ 20.85 $ 43,370
New York 3,080 0.35 0.88 $ 20.28 $ 42,190
Wisconsin 810 0.30 0.75 $ 20.05 $ 41,700





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,280 1.10 2.76 $ 19.73 $ 41,040
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,210 0.36 0.91 $ 19.88 $ 41,360
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,200 0.61 1.53 $ 15.95 $ 33,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,960 0.34 0.84 $ 18.56 $ 38,600
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,740 0.58 1.44 $ 17.46 $ 36,320
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,450 0.33 0.83 $ 17.93 $ 37,290
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,260 0.97 2.42 $ 14.14 $ 29,420
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,180 0.97 2.43 $ 15.21 $ 31,650
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,050 0.42 1.04 $ 17.07 $ 35,510
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,030 1.99 4.96 $ 16.42 $ 34,160




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lake Charles, LA 860 8.44 21.07 $ 19.92 $ 41,440
Homosassa Springs, FL 120 4.12 10.29 $ 16.84 $ 35,020
Midland, TX 280 2.80 6.99 $ 17.79 $ 37,010
Sherman-Denison, TX 120 2.74 6.84 $ 16.90 $ 35,140
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 310 2.01 5.01 $ 18.07 $ 37,590
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,030 1.99 4.96 $ 16.42 $ 34,160
Panama City, FL 140 1.80 4.50 $ 13.97 $ 29,070
Baton Rouge, LA 660 1.79 4.46 $ 18.63 $ 38,740
Asheville, NC 320 1.74 4.33 $ 15.75 $ 32,770
Winston-Salem, NC 430 1.68 4.18 $ 14.78 $ 30,740




Top paying metropolitan areas for Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 30.06 $ 62,520
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 170 0.21 0.52 $ 24.80 $ 51,590
Anchorage, AK 50 0.31 0.78 $ 22.11 $ 45,980
Santa Rosa, CA 40 0.22 0.55 $ 21.83 $ 45,400
St. Louis, MO-IL 140 0.11 0.27 $ 21.76 $ 45,250
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 21.31 $ 44,320
Pittsburgh, PA 180 0.17 0.41 $ 21.25 $ 44,200
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 180 0.08 0.19 $ 21.23 $ 44,150
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 220 0.44 1.11 $ 21.00 $ 43,690
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 330 0.30 0.76 $ 20.76 $ 43,190

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 350 1.43 3.58 $ 11.20 $ 23,290
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 260 0.98 2.44 $ 14.50 $ 30,160
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 250 1.31 3.28 $ 15.02 $ 31,240
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 140 0.85 2.11 $ 15.91 $ 33,100
Mountain North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 0.79 1.97 $ 14.70 $ 30,580

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 350 1.43 3.58 $ 11.20 $ 23,290
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 250 1.31 3.28 $ 15.02 $ 31,240
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 1.06 2.65 $ 12.67 $ 26,350
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 60 1.00 2.51 $ 14.58 $ 30,320
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 260 0.98 2.44 $ 14.50 $ 30,160

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 25.04 $ 52,080
Kansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 20.11 $ 41,830
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 0.74 $ 18.26 $ 37,980
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 18.04 $ 37,530
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 18.04 $ 37,530


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.

(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 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