Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

47-2151 Pipelayers

Lay pipe for storm or sanitation sewers, drains, and water mains. Perform any combination of the following tasks: grade trenches or culverts, position pipe, or seal joints. Excludes "Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers" (51-4121).


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)
43,590 2.6 % $19.22 $39,970 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.22 $13.46 $17.40 $23.36 $30.95
Annual Wage (2) $23,340 $27,990 $36,180 $48,590 $64,380


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)
Utility System Construction 16,760 3.99 $19.34 $40,230
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,650 0.21 $18.55 $38,570
Building Equipment Contractors 5,870 0.35 $20.64 $42,920
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 3,560 0.66 $17.77 $36,960
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,960 0.64 $19.58 $40,720

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utility System Construction 16,760 3.99 $19.34 $40,230
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 560 1.18 $18.20 $37,850
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 3,560 0.66 $17.77 $36,960
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,960 0.64 $19.58 $40,720
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 610 0.61 $17.71 $36,840

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 110 (7) $32.29 $67,160
Natural Gas Distribution 340 0.32 $25.35 $52,720
Building Equipment Contractors 5,870 0.35 $20.64 $42,920
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,070 0.16 $19.78 $41,150
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,960 0.64 $19.58 $40,720


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)
Florida 4,210 0.58 1.73 $16.52 $34,350
Texas 4,100 0.39 1.16 $13.53 $28,150
California 3,580 0.25 0.75 $26.74 $55,610
Alabama 2,270 1.25 3.72 $16.54 $34,390
Pennsylvania 2,090 0.37 1.12 $22.53 $46,870




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)
Alabama 2,270 1.25 3.72 $16.54 $34,390
North Dakota 320 0.79 2.36 $17.93 $37,280
Vermont 220 0.75 2.23 $18.54 $38,570
Mississippi 730 0.68 2.03 $15.67 $32,590
Oklahoma 1,020 0.66 1.98 $16.17 $33,640




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 620 0.23 0.70 $29.63 $61,630
Connecticut 200 0.12 0.37 $29.38 $61,110
Massachusetts 420 0.13 0.39 $27.83 $57,880
Rhode Island 100 0.22 0.66 $27.82 $57,870
Illinois 350 0.06 0.18 $27.50 $57,200





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)
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 920 0.53 1.60 $20.56 $42,760
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 880 0.33 0.99 $13.73 $28,550
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 860 0.47 1.41 $25.01 $52,010
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 780 1.60 4.77 $17.74 $36,890
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 700 0.62 1.86 $16.34 $33,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.18 0.54 $24.56 $51,070
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 680 0.55 1.66 $19.07 $39,660
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 670 0.32 0.96 $14.44 $30,030
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 650 0.46 1.37 $26.48 $55,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 620 0.26 0.78 $19.49 $40,540




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)
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 100 2.00 5.98 $20.40 $42,420
Mobile, AL 280 1.68 5.04 $18.20 $37,850
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 780 1.60 4.77 $17.74 $36,890
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL 110 1.57 4.69 $14.06 $29,240
Mansfield, OH 70 1.46 4.35 $18.75 $39,000
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 160 1.40 4.20 $18.94 $39,400
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 150 1.34 4.02 $26.23 $54,550
Decatur, AL 70 1.32 3.94 $16.14 $33,560
Columbus, GA-AL 140 1.29 3.85 $16.58 $34,500
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 220 1.24 3.70 $18.04 $37,530




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)
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 60 0.20 0.59 $33.76 $70,230
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 70 0.12 0.37 $33.15 $68,960
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 350 0.20 0.60 $30.63 $63,720
New Haven, CT 70 0.27 0.79 $30.11 $62,630
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 100 0.12 0.36 $30.03 $62,460
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $29.95 $62,300
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA (8) (8) (8) $29.89 $62,170
Springfield, MA-CT 70 0.26 0.77 $29.83 $62,040
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 230 0.90 2.68 $29.79 $61,960
Spokane, WA 50 0.27 0.82 $29.64 $61,650

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)
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 270 1.64 4.89 $15.07 $31,350
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 250 1.92 5.74 $16.26 $33,830
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 230 0.91 2.72 $15.58 $32,400
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 200 1.39 4.14 $12.94 $26,910
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 190 1.52 4.54 $13.17 $27,390

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)
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 250 1.92 5.74 $16.26 $33,830
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 270 1.64 4.89 $15.07 $31,350
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 100 1.54 4.61 $14.33 $29,800
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 190 1.52 4.54 $13.17 $27,390
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 200 1.39 4.14 $12.94 $26,910

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)
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 0.84 $29.26 $60,860
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.35 1.06 $24.52 $51,010
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 1.01 $24.30 $50,550
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.35 1.04 $23.88 $49,660
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.77 2.30 $23.09 $48,030


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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