Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
46,510 3.0 % $13.65 $28,380 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.66 $10.20 $12.82 $16.02 $19.02
Annual Wage (2) $18,010 $21,210 $26,670 $33,320 $39,560


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 35,180 2.12 $13.42 $27,920
Utility System Construction 4,610 1.10 $14.38 $29,910
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,940 0.45 $15.09 $31,390
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 830 0.15 $13.04 $27,120
Local Government (OES Designation) 680 0.01 $15.99 $33,270

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 35,180 2.12 $13.42 $27,920
Utility System Construction 4,610 1.10 $14.38 $29,910
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,940 0.45 $15.09 $31,390
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 230 0.18 $11.43 $23,770
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 830 0.15 $13.04 $27,120

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 30 (7) $28.21 $58,680
Natural Gas Distribution 50 0.05 $16.86 $35,070
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 50 (7) $16.85 $35,040
Local Government (OES Designation) 680 0.01 $15.99 $33,270
Elementary and Secondary Schools 50 (7) $15.74 $32,740


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 8,390 0.79 2.22 $12.90 $26,840
New York 3,400 0.40 1.11 $14.22 $29,580
California 2,990 0.21 0.59 $20.34 $42,300
North Carolina 2,430 0.63 1.75 $12.71 $26,430
Florida 2,410 0.33 0.93 $12.20 $25,380




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 2,200 1.18 3.30 $13.97 $29,050
New Mexico 750 0.97 2.71 $12.08 $25,130
Mississippi 970 0.89 2.50 $11.72 $24,380
Wyoming 230 0.82 2.30 $14.47 $30,100
Texas 8,390 0.79 2.22 $12.90 $26,840




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,990 0.21 0.59 $20.34 $42,300
Alaska 60 0.18 0.49 $19.99 $41,570
Hawaii 140 0.24 0.66 $17.23 $35,830
Nevada 700 0.62 1.73 $16.37 $34,040
Washington 490 0.18 0.50 $16.18 $33,650





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 3,000 1.14 3.18 $13.32 $27,700
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,300 0.45 1.25 $14.94 $31,080
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,230 0.34 0.95 $12.02 $25,010
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.47 1.30 $15.79 $32,850
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.52 1.45 $14.52 $30,190
Baton Rouge, LA 1,020 2.82 7.89 $14.86 $30,910
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,020 0.45 1.26 $11.71 $24,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 970 0.25 0.70 (8) (8)
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 720 0.82 2.30 $12.90 $26,840
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 600 0.49 1.37 $11.72 $24,370




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)
Baton Rouge, LA 1,020 2.82 7.89 $14.86 $30,910
Anderson, SC 130 2.25 6.31 $15.75 $32,770
Odessa, TX 140 2.04 5.72 $12.09 $25,140
Macon, GA 150 1.59 4.46 $11.06 $23,010
Jackson, MS 390 1.56 4.37 $12.35 $25,690
Decatur, AL 80 1.53 4.30 $9.92 $20,630
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 230 1.49 4.16 $17.18 $35,740
Sumter, SC 40 1.29 3.60 $11.53 $23,980
Corpus Christi, TX 230 1.25 3.51 $13.01 $27,070
Las Cruces, NM 80 1.24 3.47 $12.21 $25,390




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)
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $24.28 $50,510
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 120 0.27 0.76 $19.61 $40,800
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 230 0.19 0.54 $19.06 $39,640
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 210 0.76 2.13 $18.26 $37,970
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.28 0.77 $17.77 $36,970
Honolulu, HI 120 0.27 0.75 $17.38 $36,150
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 230 1.49 4.16 $17.18 $35,740
Fresno, CA (8) (8) (8) $17.00 $35,370
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 580 0.71 1.98 $16.99 $35,340
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $16.96 $35,280

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 280 0.95 2.67 $11.88 $24,710
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 230 0.60 1.67 $12.57 $26,140
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 210 0.76 2.13 $9.94 $20,680
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.80 2.25 $12.24 $25,460
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 1.42 3.97 $12.60 $26,200

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 30 2.36 6.61 $16.43 $34,180
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 120 1.84 5.15 $12.96 $26,950
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 100 1.54 4.32 $11.51 $23,930
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 70 1.52 4.27 $16.75 $34,840
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 1.42 3.97 $12.60 $26,200

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 70 1.52 4.27 $16.75 $34,840
Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan area 30 2.36 6.61 $16.43 $34,180
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 100 0.56 1.57 $15.50 $32,230
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.86 $30,910
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.71 $30,590


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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