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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
38,070 3.0 % $20.91 $43,500 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.92 $15.20 $18.54 $25.28 $33.14
Annual Wage (2) $26,870 $31,610 $38,560 $52,590 $68,930


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 16,130 3.04 $20.66 $42,980
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 7,630 0.14 $20.08 $41,770
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 3,920 0.57 $20.06 $41,730
Building Equipment Contractors 3,630 0.17 $24.67 $51,320
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,270 0.66 $20.68 $43,020

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 16,130 3.04 $20.66 $42,980
Land Subdivision 320 0.81 $18.17 $37,780
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,270 0.66 $20.68 $43,020
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 3,920 0.57 $20.06 $41,730
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 650 0.56 $19.75 $41,090

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 140 0.04 $29.97 $62,330
Building Equipment Contractors 3,630 0.17 $24.67 $51,320
Natural Gas Distribution 200 0.18 $24.46 $50,880
Support Activities for Mining (8) (8) $23.91 $49,730
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 40 (7) $23.75 $49,400


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 4,790 0.40 1.50 $16.48 $34,280
Florida 3,660 0.42 1.62 $19.26 $40,060
California 3,160 0.19 0.71 $25.41 $52,850
North Carolina 2,670 0.61 2.32 $16.40 $34,120
Alabama 2,360 1.21 4.61 $16.44 $34,200




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)
North Dakota 540 1.30 4.94 $25.64 $53,330
West Virginia 890 1.28 4.86 $22.42 $46,620
Alabama 2,360 1.21 4.61 $16.44 $34,200
North Carolina 2,670 0.61 2.32 $16.40 $34,120
Oklahoma 930 0.59 2.22 $17.93 $37,300




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 30 0.10 0.38 $35.48 $73,810
Illinois 330 0.06 0.21 $33.85 $70,400
Massachusetts 510 0.14 0.54 $33.67 $70,020
New Jersey 390 0.10 0.36 $31.18 $64,850
Minnesota 680 0.24 0.90 $30.98 $64,440





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)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,680 0.62 2.37 $18.52 $38,530
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,100 0.37 1.40 $16.14 $33,580
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 980 0.81 3.07 $16.84 $35,030
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 880 0.70 2.65 $17.38 $36,150
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 850 0.24 0.90 $16.70 $34,740
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 740 0.23 0.89 $18.75 $39,000
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 730 0.08 0.29 $30.06 $62,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 670 0.11 0.42 $28.45 $59,170
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 640 0.43 1.65 $21.74 $45,220
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 610 0.30 1.13 $21.32 $44,340




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)
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 90 2.03 7.71 $15.67 $32,600
Dothan, AL 90 1.49 5.65 $14.89 $30,970
Panama City, FL 90 1.13 4.29 $19.33 $40,210
Decatur, AL 60 1.13 4.29 $19.66 $40,890
Jacksonville, NC 50 1.12 4.24 $17.31 $36,010
Jackson, TN 70 1.11 4.24 $21.53 $44,770
Huntsville, AL 250 1.11 4.23 $16.13 $33,550
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 560 1.09 4.14 $15.76 $32,770
Gadsden, AL 40 1.05 4.01 $17.97 $37,370
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 50 1.04 3.94 $20.53 $42,690