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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
36,270 3.7 % $20.96 $43,600 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.21 $15.59 $18.66 $24.98 $32.71
Annual Wage (2) $27,470 $32,430 $38,820 $51,960 $68,030


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 15,450 2.71 $20.66 $42,970
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 6,970 0.13 $20.63 $42,910
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 4,490 0.63 $20.68 $43,010
Building Equipment Contractors 3,070 0.14 $24.18 $50,300
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,270 0.64 $20.75 $43,160

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 15,450 2.71 $20.66 $42,970
Land Subdivision 440 1.17 $18.09 $37,630
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,270 0.64 $20.75 $43,160
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 4,490 0.63 $20.68 $43,010
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 250 0.46 $19.09 $39,720

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 110 0.03 $31.75 $66,040
Natural Gas Distribution 240 0.22 $26.29 $54,680
Building Equipment Contractors 3,070 0.14 $24.18 $50,300
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 380 0.31 $22.93 $47,690
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 80 0.01 $22.52 $46,840


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 4,450 0.36 1.45 $17.08 $35,520
Florida 3,670 0.42 1.69 $18.33 $38,120
North Carolina 3,160 0.71 2.87 $16.95 $35,250
California 2,380 0.14 0.55 $28.39 $59,060
Alabama 2,040 1.03 4.18 $17.30 $35,970




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)
Alabama 2,040 1.03 4.18 $17.30 $35,970
West Virginia 680 0.97 3.91 $19.86 $41,320
North Carolina 3,160 0.71 2.87 $16.95 $35,250
Oklahoma 1,020 0.63 2.56 $17.43 $36,260
North Dakota 230 0.54 2.17 $22.09 $45,940




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 400 0.11 0.45 $35.93 $74,730
Illinois 310 0.05 0.21 $33.21 $69,070
Washington 810 0.24 0.99 $32.10 $66,770
Minnesota 720 0.25 1.01 $31.76 $66,050
New Jersey 230 0.06 0.23 $30.34 $63,100





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)
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,070 0.86 3.47 $18.12 $37,700
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,030 0.79 3.22 $19.57 $40,710
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 910 0.25 1.00 $17.43 $36,260
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 860 0.28 1.14 $17.06 $35,480
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 780 0.24 0.99 $20.18 $41,970
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 760 0.36 1.45 $22.36 $46,510
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 690 0.26 1.06 $19.39 $40,320
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 640 1.23 4.99 $17.17 $35,710
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 620 0.41 1.65 $22.85 $47,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 590 0.09 0.38 $31.34 $65,180




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 70 1.61 6.53 $16.48 $34,270
Goldsboro, NC 60 1.48 6.01 $18.12 $37,690
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 640 1.23 4.99 $17.17 $35,710
Ocala, FL 130 1.21 4.88 $15.25 $31,710
Tuscaloosa, AL 130 1.20 4.85 $17.53 $36,460
Jacksonville, NC 50 1.14 4.61 $15.52 $32,290
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 170 1.08 4.39 $13.62 $28,320
Tulsa, OK 470 1.06 4.29 $17.90 $37,220
Panama City, FL 80 1.05 4.27 $18.23 $37,920
Jackson, TN 70 1.04 4.23 $21.01 $43,700




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 260 0.09 0.37 $38.10 $79,250
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 180 0.04 0.15 $35.79 $74,440
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 570 0.28 1.14 $33.34 $69,350
Eugene, OR 40 0.24 0.97 $33.33 $69,330
Duluth, MN-WI 30 0.23 0.95 $32.98 $68,590
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $32.83 $68,280
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 520 0.26 1.07 $31.59 $65,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 590 0.09 0.38 $31.34 $65,180
Green Bay, WI 90 0.53 2.16 $31.32 $65,140
Madison, WI 40 0.11 0.43 $30.98 $64,440

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)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 400 2.72 11.01 $21.70 $45,140
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 340 1.36