Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

47-3015 Helpers—Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

Help plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, or pipelayers by performing duties of lesser skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment. Exclude apprentice workers and report them with the appropriate skilled construction trade occupation (47-2011 through 47-2221). Exclude construction laborers who do not primarily assist plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, or pipelayers, and classify them under "Construction Laborers" (47-2061).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
77,580 3.4 % $11.50 $23,920 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.67 $9.07 $10.77 $13.25 $16.54
Annual Wage (2) $15,950 $18,870 $22,400 $27,570 $34,390

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Building equipment contractors 61,810 $11.41 $23,740 1 10
Utility system construction 5,350 $11.34 $23,590 2 12
Other specialty trade contractors 1,580 $11.00 $22,870 3 15
Building foundation and exterior contractors 890 $9.96 $20,710 4 19
Local government (OES designation) 550 $15.67 $32,600 5 4

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Power generation and supply 40 $19.49 $40,530 16 1
Residential building construction (6) $17.94 $37,300 (6) 2
Colleges and universities 40 $16.57 $34,470 15 3
Local government (OES designation) 550 $15.67 $32,600 5 4
Natural gas distribution 210 $13.91 $28,920 10 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New Mexico 1,600 $9.97 $20,730 0.218% 487
Arizona 3,810 $10.61 $22,060 0.169% 547
Nevada 1,610 $11.38 $23,670 0.151% 520
Louisiana 2,470 $10.47 $21,770 0.134% 542
North Carolina 4,750 $10.70 $22,250 0.128% 597

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Illinois 1,450 $17.75 $36,930 0.025% 359
New York 3,450 $14.57 $30,310 0.042% 515
Massachusetts 800 $14.45 $30,060 0.025% 519
Colorado 1,660 $14.31 $29,760 0.079% 464
Washington 1,110 $14.27 $29,690 0.043% 540

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Houma, LA MSA 310 $10.47 $21,770 0.382%
Albuquerque, NM MSA 1,010 $10.04 $20,870 0.293%
Tucson, AZ MSA 900 $9.61 $19,990 0.269%
Victoria, TX MSA 90 $10.35 $21,520 0.262%
Rocky Mount, NC MSA 160 $13.08 $27,200 0.259%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New Bedford, MA PMSA (6) $20.01 $41,630 (6)
Chicago, IL PMSA 1,060 $19.66 $40,890 0.027%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 310 $18.16 $37,770 0.024%
San Francisco, CA PMSA (6) $17.64 $36,680 (6)
St. Louis, MO-IL MSA 110 $16.70 $34,740 0.009%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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