Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
40,710 2.6 % $20.15 $41,910 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.33 $14.48 $18.16 $24.60 $32.01
Annual Wage (2) $25,640 $30,120 $37,780 $51,180 $66,580


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 15,040 3.12 $19.89 $41,370
Local Government (OES Designation) 9,640 0.18 $19.53 $40,620
Building Equipment Contractors 4,320 0.23 $23.11 $48,060
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 3,880 0.63 $18.65 $38,780
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,700 0.85 $19.57 $40,700

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 15,040 3.12 $19.89 $41,370
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 690 1.42 $19.34 $40,220
Land Subdivision 380 0.93 $15.77 $32,800
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,700 0.85 $19.57 $40,700
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 3,880 0.63 $18.65 $38,780

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 450 0.40 $29.24 $60,820
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,080 0.15 $25.05 $52,100
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $24.08 $50,100
Building Equipment Contractors 4,320 0.23 $23.11 $48,060
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 590 0.54 $21.52 $44,760


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 6,020 0.52 1.76 $16.22 $33,740
Florida 4,070 0.51 1.74 $17.78 $36,980
California 3,350 0.22 0.73 $25.44 $52,920
North Carolina 2,010 0.49 1.65 $15.55 $32,350
Alabama 1,870 0.99 3.37 $16.61 $34,540




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 1,870 0.99 3.37 $16.61 $34,540
North Dakota 360 0.79 2.69 $20.20 $42,010
Tennessee 1,710 0.61 2.06 $16.62 $34,570
Texas 6,020 0.52 1.76 $16.22 $33,740
Florida 4,070 0.51 1.74 $17.78 $36,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 450 0.13 0.45 $35.63 $74,110
New Jersey 680 0.17 0.59 $27.81 $57,840
Missouri 830 0.31 1.04 $27.41 $57,020
Minnesota 860 0.31 1.05 $27.22 $56,630
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $27.08 $56,330





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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,520 0.52 1.76 $17.28 $35,940
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 830 0.34 1.16 $20.24 $42,100
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 820 0.35 1.20 $14.35 $29,840
Austin-Round Rock, TX 740 0.80 2.71 $16.04 $33,360
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 740 0.11 0.39 $22.69 $47,200
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 720 0.64 2.17 $17.23 $35,840
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 630 0.56 1.91 $15.36 $31,940
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 610 0.40 1.34 $27.28 $56,740
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 600 0.32 1.09 $28.61 $59,510
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 570 0.43 1.46 $26.64 $55,420




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)
Homosassa Springs, FL 60 2.08 7.04 $15.79 $32,840
Gadsden, AL 60 1.60 5.43 $16.95 $35,250
Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL 100 1.46 4.96 $16.82 $34,990
Cleveland, TN 70 1.46 4.94 $15.19 $31,590
Odessa, TX 110 1.45 4.91 $19.96 $41,510
Mobile, AL 240 1.44 4.87 $18.71 $38,910
Midland, TX 130 1.43 4.85 $20.68 $43,010
Jackson, TN 80 1.34 4.54 $16.68 $34,700
Greeley, CO 110 1.09 3.68 $21.33 $44,370
Panama City, FL 90 1.08 3.65 $15.29 $31,810