Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
51,350 2.9 % $13.91 $28,940 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.21 $10.78 $13.32 $16.46 $19.17
Annual Wage (2) $19,160 $22,420 $27,710 $34,230 $39,860


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 39,630 2.19 $13.68 $28,450
Utility System Construction 4,270 0.92 $14.66 $30,490
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,090 0.45 $15.33 $31,890
Local Government (OES Designation) 760 0.01 $16.78 $34,900
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 690 0.12 $13.36 $27,780

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 39,630 2.19 $13.68 $28,450
Utility System Construction 4,270 0.92 $14.66 $30,490
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,090 0.45 $15.33 $31,890
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 290 0.28 $13.80 $28,700
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 250 0.19 $12.12 $25,220

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 40 (7) $24.10 $50,130
Natural Gas Distribution 170 0.15 $20.80 $43,270
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 100 0.04 $17.86 $37,140
Local Government (OES Designation) 760 0.01 $16.78 $34,900
State Government (OES Designation) 30 (7) $16.45 $34,210


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 8,650 0.77 2.03 $13.92 $28,960
New York 3,470 0.39 1.04 $15.25 $31,730
Florida 3,280 0.43 1.13 $12.20 $25,370
California 3,240 0.21 0.56 $15.43 $32,090
North Carolina 2,840 0.70 1.85 $13.15 $27,350



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 2,420 1.26 3.32 $14.52 $30,190
Oklahoma 1,620 1.03 2.70 $13.10 $27,240
New Mexico 710 0.90 2.37 $12.96 $26,970
South Carolina 1,530 0.81 2.14 $13.13 $27,300
Mississippi 870 0.80 2.10 $11.07 $23,030



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 720 0.25 0.65 $22.54 $46,880
New Jersey 780 0.20 0.53 $16.25 $33,790
District of Columbia 120 0.18 0.48 $16.06 $33,410
Wisconsin 610 0.22 0.59 $16.02 $33,320
Indiana 400 0.14 0.36 $15.60 $32,450




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-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,090 1.09 2.86 $14.64 $30,460
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,480 0.46 1.21 $15.82 $32,910
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,240 0.55 1.45 $14.52 $30,200
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,140 0.48 1.26 $15.26 $31,730
Baton Rouge, LA 1,120 2.94 7.74 $15.50 $32,250
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,100 0.46 1.21 $12.56 $26,120
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,010 1.09 2.86 $13.48 $28,040
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 860 0.94 2.48 $12.62 $26,260
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 810 0.64 1.69 $13.71 $28,520
Oklahoma City, OK 800 1.33 3.50 $12.93 $26,890



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)
Pascagoula, MS 170 3.18 8.36 $10.75 $22,360
Baton Rouge, LA 1,120 2.94 7.74 $15.50 $32,250
Lake Charles, LA 200 2.29 6.03 $13.00 $27,050
Mobile, AL 340 1.99 5.23 $11.28 $23,450
Odessa, TX 130 1.71 4.49 $13.91 $28,930
Monroe, LA 120 1.63 4.29 $13.59 $28,270
Santa Fe, NM 90 1.50 3.95 $14.13 $29,380
Midland, TX 130 1.47 3.86 $12.07 $25,100
Owensboro, KY 70 1.45 3.81 $12.83 $26,680
Joplin, MO 110 1.38 3.63 $14.09 $29,310



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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $25.95 $53,980
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 110 0.25 0.66 $21.79 $45,330
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA (8) (8) (8) $19.17 $39,860
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $18.78 $39,060
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $18.59 $38,670
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $18.11 $37,660
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $18.02 $37,490
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 40 0.04 0.10 $17.97 $37,380
Madison, WI 70 0.21 0.55 $17.76 $36,940
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $17.67 $36,760

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)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 240 0.81 2.12 $14.04 $29,210
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.48 1.27 $12.92 $26,880
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 180 1.38 3.63 $11.73 $24,390
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 180 1.76 4.63 $10.79 $22,450
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 0.63 1.66 $11.62 $24,180

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)
Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan area 40 2.37 6.22 $18.79 $39,080
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 120 1.76 4.63 $13.38 $27,840
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 180 1.76 4.63 $10.79 $22,450
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 1.56 4.11 $10.48 $21,800
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 90 1.43 3.75 $11.94 $24,830

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)
Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan area 40 2.37 6.22 $18.79 $39,080
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.95 $35,260
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 0.66 $16.88 $35,110
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.16 $33,610
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.21 0.56 $16.12 $33,520


About May 2014 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 mean 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015