Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
38,690 2.7 % $20.77 $43,210 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.67 $14.84 $18.46 $25.32 $33.26
Annual Wage (2) $26,360 $30,870 $38,400 $52,670 $69,180


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 15,410 3.03 $20.18 $41,980
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 8,600 0.16 $19.60 $40,770
Building Equipment Contractors 4,250 0.21 $26.04 $54,150
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 3,550 0.54 $19.19 $39,910
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,220 0.66 $20.22 $42,060

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 15,410 3.03 $20.18 $41,980
Land Subdivision 470 1.19 $17.90 $37,240
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 450 0.89 $18.75 $38,990
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,220 0.66 $20.22 $42,060
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 610 0.55 $20.74 $43,140

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 90 0.02 $33.09 $68,830
Building Finishing Contractors (8) (8) $27.52 $57,250
Building Equipment Contractors 4,250 0.21 $26.04 $54,150
Natural Gas Distribution 240 0.21 $24.86 $51,710
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,060 0.14 $24.35 $50,640


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 5,180 0.44 1.61 $16.67 $34,670
Florida 4,090 0.49 1.79 $19.14 $39,810
California 3,260 0.20 0.72 $24.76 $51,490
Alabama 2,900 1.51 5.56 $16.13 $33,560
North Carolina 2,410 0.56 2.07 $16.18 $33,650




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 2,900 1.51 5.56 $16.13 $33,560
North Dakota 330 0.78 2.88 $24.35 $50,650
West Virginia 410 0.60 2.19 $19.25 $40,040
North Carolina 2,410 0.56 2.07 $16.18 $33,650
Florida 4,090 0.49 1.79 $19.14 $39,810




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 40 0.12 0.42 $34.60 $71,960
Illinois 610 0.10 0.38 $32.94 $68,520
Massachusetts 630 0.18 0.66 $32.71 $68,040
Minnesota 770 0.27 1.00 $31.00 $64,490
Washington 930 0.29 1.08 $30.34 $63,110



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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 1,420 0.48 1.78 $17.33 $36,050
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,120 0.43 1.58 $18.21 $37,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 790 0.31 1.15 $19.41 $40,370
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 770 0.65 2.39 $16.45 $34,220
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 750 0.62 2.27 $16.62 $34,580
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 690 0.28 1.02 $15.69 $32,630
Jacksonville, FL 680 1.01 3.73 $24.53 $51,010
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 650 1.28 4.73 $16.37 $34,040
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 620 0.09 0.34 $27.51 $57,220
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.36 1.31 $24.17 $50,270


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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)
Gadsden, AL 60 1.68 6.18 $16.04 $33,370
Tuscaloosa, AL 160 1.59 5.86 $17.72 $36,860
Dothan, AL 90 1.54 5.68 $15.89 $33,040
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 60 1.37 5.05 $17.73 $36,890
Jacksonville, NC 60 1.32 4.88 $15.99 $33,260
Mobile, AL 220 1.29 4.75 $19.12 $39,770
Huntsville, AL 290 1.29 4.75 $15.77 $32,790
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 650 1.28 4.73 $16.37 $34,040
Panama City, FL 100 1.27 4.68 $20.80 $43,270
Montgomery, AL 180 1.07 3.93 $14.37 $29,890


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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)
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $37.09 $77,140
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.28 1.03 $36.12 $75,130
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.34 1.26 $34.89 $72,580
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $33.95 $70,610
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 190 0.10 0.37 $33.44 $69,550
St. Louis, MO-IL 310 0.23 0.85 $32.37 $67,330
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 480 0.29 1.08 $32.34 $67,260
Worcester, MA-CT 250 0.88 3.25 $32.17 $66,920
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 310 0.09 0.32 $32.13 $66,840
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 510 0.26 0.97 $31.13 $64,740

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)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 280 1.14 4.20 $15.47 $32,190
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 280 1.93 7.13 $19.25 $40,030
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 230 0.89 3.30 $16.08 $33,440
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 170 1.78 6.54 $15.56 $32,360
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 160 0.85 3.14 $13.74 $28,580

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)
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 140 2.04 7.52 $15.54 $32,330
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 130 2.03 7.49 $18.85 $39,200
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 280 1.93 7.13 $19.25 $40,030
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 170 1.78 6.54 $15.56 $32,360
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 1.40 5.17 $24.90 $51,790

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)
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 1.27 $33.58 $69,840
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.23 $60,790
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.38 $59,030
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.92 $58,080
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 1.40 5.17 $24.90 $51,790


About May 2017 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.

(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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018