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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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 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)
39,620 2.6 % $20.61 $42,860 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.66 $14.79 $18.47 $24.94 $32.47
Annual Wage (2) $26,320 $30,760 $38,410 $51,870 $67,550


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)
Utility System Construction 15,290 3.12 $20.17 $41,950
Local Government (OES Designation) 9,220 0.17 $19.52 $40,590
Building Equipment Contractors 4,260 0.21 $24.69 $51,350
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 3,780 0.59 $19.33 $40,200
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,340 0.71 $21.37 $44,440

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utility System Construction 15,290 3.12 $20.17 $41,950
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 660 1.34 $18.38 $38,230
Land Subdivision 360 0.89 $17.41 $36,220
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,340 0.71 $21.37 $44,440
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 720 0.65 $18.86 $39,230

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 40 0.01 $31.16 $64,810
Building Finishing Contractors (8) (8) $28.63 $59,560
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,220 0.16 $25.60 $53,250
Natural Gas Distribution 160 0.14 $25.11 $52,230
Building Equipment Contractors 4,260 0.21 $24.69 $51,350


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 5,700 0.48 1.72 $16.62 $34,570
Florida 4,150 0.51 1.79 $18.75 $39,000
California 3,620 0.23 0.80 $24.10 $50,140
Alabama 2,390 1.25 4.43 $16.45 $34,220
North Carolina 2,230 0.53 1.87 $15.94 $33,160




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)
Alabama 2,390 1.25 4.43 $16.45 $34,220
North Dakota 450 1.05 3.73 $22.46 $46,720
North Carolina 2,230 0.53 1.87 $15.94 $33,160
South Dakota 220 0.52 1.83 $17.10 $35,580
Florida 4,150 0.51 1.79 $18.75 $39,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 550 0.16 0.56 $36.00 $74,870
Alaska 40 0.13 0.47 $33.76 $70,210
Illinois 430 0.07 0.26 $31.21 $64,910
New Jersey 730 0.19 0.66 $30.04 $62,480
Minnesota 740 0.26 0.94 $29.49 $61,330





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 1,650 0.56 1.99 $17.17 $35,720
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 920 0.36 1.28 $19.49 $40,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 840 0.34 1.20 $20.12 $41,850
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 690 0.60 2.12 $15.75 $32,760
Jacksonville, FL 680 1.06 3.75 $23.34 $48,560
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 630 0.09 0.34 $25.19 $52,390
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 620 0.25 0.90 $14.84 $30,870
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 600 0.44 1.57 $24.91 $51,820
Austin-Round Rock, TX 600 0.62 2.19 $16.62 $34,560
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 580 0.37 1.32 $22.95 $47,740




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)
Odessa, TX 250 3.75 13.28 $22.73 $47,280
Gadsden, AL 70 1.97 6.97 $15.88 $33,030
Decatur, AL 90 1.70 6.02 $20.26 $42,140
Jacksonville, NC 70 1.51 5.36 $15.91 $33,100
Dothan, AL 80 1.50 5.31 $15.82 $32,910
Cleveland, TN 60 1.32 4.69 $15.78 $32,830
Mobile, AL 220 1.29 4.59 $16.96 $35,270
Panama City, FL 100 1.28 4.52 $17.46 $36,320
Tuscaloosa, AL 120 1.17 4.16 $18.06 $37,560
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 60 1.11 3.93 $20.56 $42,760