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.
Annual salaries range betweeen $26,320 and $67,550.
JOB OPENINGS (THROUGH 2026)
DEMAND (THROUGH 2026)
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.