DESCRIPTION

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.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • Install or use instruments such as lasers, grade rods, or transit levels. 
  • Cut pipes to required lengths. 
  • Connect pipe pieces and seal joints, using welding equipment, cement, or glue. 
  • Cover pipes with earth or other materials. 
  • Install or repair sanitary or stormwater sewer structures or pipe systems.

SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED 

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

  • Boring or sinking machinery — Boring machines; Horizontal boring machines 
  • Jacks — Manual screw jacks; Pipeline jacks 
  • Power grinders — Bevel grinding machines; Motor-driven grinders; Portable grinders; Stationary grinders 
  • Squares — Combination squares; Framing squares 
  • Water pumps — Ditch pumps; Fill pumps 

AT A GLANCE

AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGE

The average annual wage is $38,410 or $18.47/hour.

SALARY RANGE

Annual salaries range betweeen $26,320 and $67,550.

JOB OPENINGS (THROUGH 2026)

5,700

DEMAND (THROUGH 2026)

★★★★ Extreme

EDUCATION & TRAINING REQUIRED

On average, 71% had a high school diploma or equivalent. These occupations usually require a high school diploma. Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.