Pipelayers

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2019 Workforce
54.9k
Average Age
37.7
Estimated Job Growth
17.2%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$46,862
Average Male Salary
$46,463
Average Female Salary
$59,591

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Pipelayers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Construction is the industry that employs the most Pipelayers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Pipelayers, by average wage, is Natural gas distribution. Pipelayers are paid most in South Texas Development Council (South) & Coastal Bend COG (West) PUMA, TX but are relatively concentrated in Phoenix (Southwest) & Tolleson Cities PUMA, AZ.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$46,862
AVERAGE SALARY
± $3,679

In 2019, Pipelayers earned an average of $46,862, $8,662 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Security & fire alarm systems installers make somewhat more than Pipelayers while Agricultural inspectors make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Pipelayers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

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WAGE GINI

In 2019, Pipelayers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.366, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Pipelayers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Pipelayers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Pipelayers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Pipelayers, by number of employees, are Construction, Pipeline transportation, and Water, steam, air-conditioning, & irrigation systems.

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Industries by Share

54.9k
2019 Workforce
± 5,754
16%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 13.3%

The number of people employed as Pipelayers has been growing at a rate of 16%, from 47,354 people in 2018 to 54,949 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Pipelayers employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Pipelayers at  70.8%, followed by Pipeline transportation with 5.86% and Water, steam, air-conditioning, & irrigation systems with 5.04%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Pipelayers in the US. The average age of male Pipelayers in the workforce is 37.4 and of female Pipelayers is 47.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Pipelayers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

53.3k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,666
1.67k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 1,004

97% of Pipelayers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Pipelayers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Pipelayers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

51.2% of Pipelayers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 26.8% of Pipelayers, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Pipelayers.

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Age by Gender

37.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.4
47.5
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 5.45

The median age of Pipelayers is 37.7, and Male employees are generally 10.1 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Pipelayers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Pipelayers is Engineering but a relatively high number of Pipelayers hold a major in Engineering.

Majors

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Pipelayers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 6.85%, but Pipelayers are expected to see a growth of 17.2% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

17.2%
ESTIMATED GROWTH
6.85%
NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2018 to 2028) for Pipelayers. This profession is expected to grow faster than 6.85%, the average rate of national job growth.

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