Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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 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)
54,790 2.9 % $15.31 $31,830 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.17 $12.20 $14.37 $17.69 $22.09
Annual Wage (2) $21,150 $25,380 $29,890 $36,790 $45,940


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)
Building Equipment Contractors 42,700 2.07 $14.96 $31,110
Utility System Construction 3,290 0.65 $15.42 $32,060
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,200 0.41 $18.77 $39,050
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 760 0.01 $19.13 $39,800
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 600 0.09 $14.78 $30,730

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 42,700 2.07 $14.96 $31,110
Utility System Construction 3,290 0.65 $15.42 $32,060
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,200 0.41 $18.77 $39,050
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 260 0.23 $14.88 $30,950
Support Activities for Mining 370 0.14 $15.39 $32,010

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 60 0.05 $20.36 $42,350
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only) (8) (8) $19.61 $40,790
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 760 0.01 $19.13 $39,800
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,200 0.41 $18.77 $39,050
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $17.84 $37,120


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 9,520 0.80 2.08 $15.36 $31,940
Florida 5,390 0.64 1.67 $13.72 $28,540
Louisiana 3,170 1.67 4.34 $15.91 $33,100
New York 2,900 0.31 0.82 $19.28 $40,110
North Carolina 2,900 0.67 1.75 $14.20 $29,550




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)
Louisiana 3,170 1.67 4.34 $15.91 $33,100
New Mexico 750 0.94 2.44 $15.52 $32,270
District of Columbia 600 0.85 2.20 $19.38 $40,320
Texas 9,520 0.80 2.08 $15.36 $31,940
South Carolina 1,420 0.71 1.84 $14.28 $29,710




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska (8) (8) (8) $24.22 $50,370
Missouri 340 0.12 0.32 $20.79 $43,230
Hawaii 200 0.31 0.80 $20.06 $41,720
District of Columbia 600 0.85 2.20 $19.38 $40,320
New York 2,900 0.31 0.82 $19.28 $40,110



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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 3,210 1.10 2.85 $17.75 $36,920
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,300 0.34 0.90 $19.84 $41,260
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,190 0.87 2.26 $16.44 $34,200
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,390 0.53 1.38 $15.27 $31,760
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,310 1.31 3.41 $13.78 $28,660
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,280 0.52 1.34 $14.76 $30,700
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,020 0.86 2.23 $14.61 $30,390
Jacksonville, FL 1,010 1.52 3.95 $12.74 $26,500
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 920 1.66 4.31 $14.35 $29,840
Lake Charles, LA 860 7.68 19.97 (8) (8)


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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)
Lake Charles, LA 860 7.68 19.97 (8) (8)
Hattiesburg, MS 120 1.97 5.13 $12.58 $26,160
Baton Rouge, LA 750 1.90 4.95 $14.44 $30,030
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 450 1.81 4.70 $15.34 $31,910
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 920 1.66 4.31 $14.35 $29,840
Alexandria, LA 100 1.60 4.17 $15.06 $31,320
Jacksonville, FL 1,010 1.52 3.95 $12.74 $26,500
Santa Fe, NM 80 1.37 3.56 $15.95 $33,180
Hammond, LA 60 1.36 3.55 $14.97 $31,150
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,310 1.31 3.41 $13.78 $28,660


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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)
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $24.75 $51,480
St. Louis, MO-IL 160 0.12 0.32 $23.56 $48,990
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 110 0.11 0.29 $22.65 $47,110
Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $21.90 $45,550
New Bedford, MA (8) (8) (8) $21.59 $44,900
Urban Honolulu, HI 100 0.22 0.58 $21.37 $44,440
Syracuse, NY 40 0.15 0.39 $21.27 $44,250
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 210 0.13 0.33 $21.18 $44,060
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $20.67 $43,000
Kansas City, MO-KS 290 0.27 0.71 $20.32 $42,270

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)
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 230 1.18 3.07 $14.72 $30,630
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 230 1.19 3.09 $13.62 $28,330
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 210 1.17 3.03 $11.08 $23,040
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 180 1.08 2.81 $14.06 $29,240
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 170 0.66 1.71 $12.98 $27,000

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)
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area 50 1.56 4.06 $12.12 $25,210
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 230 1.19 3.09 $13.62 $28,330
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 230 1.18 3.07 $14.72 $30,630
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 210 1.17 3.03 $11.08 $23,040
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 180 1.08 2.81 $14.06 $29,240

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)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.63 1.64 $21.60 $44,920
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.70 $43,050
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.87 $41,320
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 1.09 $19.68 $40,930
West Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.17 $37,780


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