Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
41,080 2.5 % $19.58 $40,730 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.94 $14.00 $17.79 $23.86 $31.23
Annual Wage (2) $24,830 $29,120 $37,000 $49,630 $64,970


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 14,230 3.05 $19.36 $40,260
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,580 0.22 $19.56 $40,690
Building Equipment Contractors 4,310 0.24 $20.85 $43,370
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 3,770 0.64 $17.90 $37,230
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,770 0.91 $18.99 $39,510

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 14,230 3.05 $19.36 $40,260
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 670 1.39 $18.34 $38,160
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,770 0.91 $18.99 $39,510
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 3,770 0.64 $17.90 $37,230
Land Subdivision 230 0.56 $14.51 $30,190

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 130 (7) $31.13 $64,740
Natural Gas Distribution 540 0.49 $28.79 $59,880
Nonresidential Building Construction 940 0.14 $23.36 $48,590
Management of Companies and Enterprises 60 (7) $23.35 $48,570
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 530 0.51 $20.91 $43,480


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 5,380 0.48 1.58 $15.11 $31,440
Florida 4,280 0.56 1.84 $17.06 $35,490
California 3,000 0.20 0.65 $27.31 $56,800
Alabama 2,220 1.19 3.93 $18.17 $37,790
North Carolina 2,060 0.51 1.68 $15.15 $31,520




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 2,220 1.19 3.93 $18.17 $37,790
North Dakota 470 1.06 3.50 $18.72 $38,930
Tennessee 1,580 0.58 1.89 $16.76 $34,850
Florida 4,280 0.56 1.84 $17.06 $35,490
North Carolina 2,060 0.51 1.68 $15.15 $31,520




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 350 0.11 0.35 $31.47 $65,460
Connecticut 220 0.13 0.44 $27.82 $57,870
Alaska 90 0.29 0.95 $27.68 $57,580
California 3,000 0.20 0.65 $27.31 $56,800
Minnesota 780 0.29 0.94 $26.46 $55,050





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 1,400 0.49 1.62 $15.70 $32,660
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 810 0.75 2.48 $17.13 $35,630
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 780 1.57 5.16 $19.29 $40,120
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 770 0.32 1.06 $20.57 $42,780
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 660 0.29 0.97 $13.57 $28,210
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 660 0.12 0.40 $18.97 $39,450
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 640 0.43 1.40 $25.71 $53,480
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 620 0.67 2.19 $14.95 $31,090
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 620 0.52 1.71 $16.23 $33,760
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 620 0.69 2.28 $15.67 $32,590




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)
Mobile, AL 370 2.21 7.27 $19.97 $41,530
Odessa, TX 130 1.80 5.91 $17.48 $36,360
Midland, TX 150 1.72 5.66 $19.68 $40,940
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL 120 1.62 5.32 $14.28 $29,700
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 780 1.57 5.16 $19.29 $40,120
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 80 1.51 4.96 $23.95 $49,810
Lewiston, ID-WA 30 1.41 4.63 $22.88 $47,590
Bismarck, ND 90 1.32 4.33 $20.81 $43,290
Gadsden, AL 40 1.26 4.14 $18.97 $39,450
Longview, TX 120 1.22 4.00 $14.28 $29,710




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)
Worcester, MA-CT 40 0.18 0.58 $46.97 $97,700
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 50 0.12 0.40 $32.29 $67,160
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $31.90 $66,360
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ (8) (8) (8) $31.62 $65,760
Green Bay, WI (8) (8) (8) $31.33 $65,170
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 60 0.11 0.36 $31.12 $64,720
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 160 0.09 0.29 $31.04 $64,560
Binghamton, NY 60 0.62 2.05 $30.98 $64,430
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.12 0.38 $30.78 $64,020
New Haven, CT 70 0.26 0.86 $30.21 $62,830

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)
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 410 1.60 5.25 $15.94 $33,160
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 250 0.84 2.76 $14.39 $29,930
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 210 2.54 8.36 $17.50 $36,410
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 190 1.47 4.85 $14.54 $30,230
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 190 1.44 4.73 $15.82 $32,910

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)
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 210 2.54 8.36 $17.50 $36,410
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 140 2.16 7.10 $15.91 $33,100
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 110 1.79 5.89 $21.89 $45,530
Southwest Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 1.71 5.64 $18.97 $39,450
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 410 1.60 5.25 $15.94 $33,160

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)
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 130 1.50 4.94 $28.48 $59,230
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 0.90 $27.18 $56,540
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 0.88 $26.81 $55,760
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 60 0.88 2.91 $26.34 $54,780
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 0.82 $25.80 $53,660


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015