Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2005

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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
77,630 2.9 % $11.84 $24,630 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.90 $9.28 $10.97 $13.54 $16.77
Annual Wage (2) $16,420 $19,310 $22,820 $28,170 $34,890

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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Building equipment contractors 60,970 $11.64 $24,220
Utility system construction 5,570 $11.87 $24,680
Nonresidential building construction 2,500 $12.20 $25,380
Other specialty trade contractors 1,350 $11.98 $24,920
Residential building construction 1,080 $16.70 $34,740

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
General medical and surgical hospitals 90 $18.36 $38,180
Natural gas distribution 190 $18.19 $37,840
Elementary and secondary schools 50 $17.78 $36,990
Residential building construction 1,080 $16.70 $34,740
Architectural and engineering services 70 $15.64 $32,530

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
New Mexico 1,310 $11.48 $23,880 0.172%
Nevada 1,820 $12.38 $25,750 0.153%
Louisiana 2,370 $10.98 $22,830 0.126%
South Carolina 2,230 $10.71 $22,280 0.124%
Texas 10,500 $10.66 $22,180 0.111%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Illinois 1,930 $18.54 $38,570 0.033%
Missouri 480 $15.10 $31,410 0.018%
Massachusetts 650 $14.57 $30,310 0.021%
Oregon 210 $14.48 $30,110 0.013%
Connecticut 430 $14.47 $30,100 0.026%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA 50 $9.31 $19,370 0.318%
Victoria, TX 150 $10.17 $21,150 0.315%
Harrisonburg, VA 150 $9.84 $20,460 0.266%
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 220 $9.92 $20,630 0.264%
College Station-Bryan, TX 210 $13.83 $28,770 0.248%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,520 $20.18 $41,980 0.041%
St. Louis, MO-IL 240 $19.23 $40,000 0.018%
Rochester, MN (8) $19.00 $39,530 (8)
Billings, MT 100 $18.76 $39,020 0.129%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 150 $17.92 $37,280 0.017%

About May 2005 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(8) Estimate not released.

Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2005 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2005 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2005 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2005 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2005 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped Excel files

Technical notes

Last Modified Date: May 24, 2006

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