Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
51,420 3.0 % $13.66 $28,420 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.87 $10.53 $12.99 $15.86 $18.56
Annual Wage (2) $18,460 $21,900 $27,010 $32,990 $38,600


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 38,870 2.38 $13.36 $27,780
Utility System Construction 4,980 1.26 $14.68 $30,530
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,650 0.56 $15.07 $31,350
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 750 0.14 $12.89 $26,820
Local Government (OES Designation) 620 0.01 $16.79 $34,910

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 38,870 2.38 $13.36 $27,780
Utility System Construction 4,980 1.26 $14.68 $30,530
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,650 0.56 $15.07 $31,350
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 90 0.18 $10.68 $22,210
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 170 0.14 $11.28 $23,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 40 (7) $17.87 $37,170
Natural Gas Distribution 70 0.07 $17.40 $36,200
Local Government (OES Designation) 620 0.01 $16.79 $34,910
Elementary and Secondary Schools 40 (7) $16.60 $34,530
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 140 0.08 $15.61 $32,460


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 10,020 0.97 2.43 $13.10 $27,240
California 3,220 0.23 0.57 $18.86 $39,230
North Carolina 3,150 0.83 2.06 $13.36 $27,780
New York 3,130 0.37 0.93 $13.93 $28,970
Georgia 2,420 0.64 1.60 $12.55 $26,110




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)
New Mexico 970 1.25 3.12 $12.63 $26,270
Louisiana 2,030 1.11 2.76 $13.59 $28,270
Texas 10,020 0.97 2.43 $13.10 $27,240
Mississippi 1,030 0.96 2.38 $12.96 $26,960
North Carolina 3,150 0.83 2.06 $13.36 $27,780




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 50 0.17 0.42 $21.95 $45,650
California 3,220 0.23 0.57 $18.86 $39,230
Minnesota 170 0.07 0.17 $18.72 $38,930
Massachusetts 520 0.16 0.41 $16.84 $35,030
Maine 290 0.51 1.27 $16.58 $34,490





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 3,500 1.37 3.42 $13.77 $28,640
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,270 0.45 1.12 $14.68 $30,530
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,290 0.63 1.57 $14.18 $29,500
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.49 1.22 $14.34 $29,820
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.29 0.72 $11.01 $22,910
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,030 0.46 1.16 $13.37 $27,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.27 0.66 (8) (8)
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 890 1.05 2.62 $12.30 $25,580
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 830 1.00 2.50 $13.53 $28,140
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 720 0.89 2.22 $14.82 $30,820




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)
Macon, GA 260 2.89 7.21 $11.26 $23,420
Odessa, TX 180 2.84 7.09 $11.95 $24,860
Anderson, SC 120 2.12 5.30 $15.59 $32,430
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 240 2.11 5.26 $13.90 $28,910
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 180 2.00 5.00 $11.92 $24,800
Baton Rouge, LA 680 1.92 4.79 $15.51 $32,270
Gainesville, GA 130 1.86 4.65 (8) (8)
College Station-Bryan, TX 160 1.79 4.47 $11.75 $24,450
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 160 1.61 4.02 $13.59 $28,260
Jackson, MS 390 1.59 3.95 $13.04 $27,120




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)
Madison, WI 50 0.16 0.41 $20.65 $42,960
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 60 0.84 2.09 $19.96 $41,510
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $19.66 $40,890
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $19.58 $40,730
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 140 0.75 1.88 $19.02 $39,570
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $17.81 $37,040
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.36 0.91 $17.56 $36,520
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 270 0.24 0.59 $17.52 $36,430
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $16.98 $35,320
Joplin, MO (8) (8) (8) $16.94 $35,240

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)
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 330 1.21 3.01 $10.97 $22,820
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 320 1.10 2.75 $11.89 $24,740
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 270 0.71 1.78 $13.49 $28,050
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 270 1.92 4.78 $11.85 $24,650
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 220 1.78 4.44 $9.34 $19,430

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)
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 270 1.92 4.78 $11.85 $24,650
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 220 1.78 4.44 $9.34 $19,430
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 170 1.67 4.17 $11.64 $24,210
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 90 1.49 3.71 $11.78 $24,510
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 50 1.30 3.23 $15.50 $32,250

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)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.44 1.09 $17.14 $35,650
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.64 $32,540
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 50 1.30 3.23 $15.50 $32,250
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.97 2.41 $14.89 $30,960
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.85 $30,890


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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