Pipelayers
SOC: 47-2151.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
45,700 employed

Projected (2024):
51,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Cast-Iron Drain Pipe Layer
  • Construction Laborer
  • Construction Worker
  • Drain Layer
  • Drain Tiler
  • Equipment Operator
  • Fitter
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Irrigation System Installer
  • Irrigation Technician
  • Machine Operator
  • Pipe Assembly Worker
  • Pipe Caulker
  • Pipe Connector
  • Pipe Crew Foreman
  • Pipe Cutter
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Pipe Foreman
  • Pipe Installer
  • Pipe Layer
  • Pipe Liner
  • Pipe Setter
  • Pipe Wrapping Machine Operator
  • Pipelayer
  • Pipelaying Fitter
  • Pipeman
  • Piper
  • Piper Installer
  • Plumbing Technician
  • Sewer Connector
  • Sewer Pipe Layer
  • Skilled Laborer
  • Tailman
  • Tile Conduit Layer
  • Trench Pipe Layer
  • Utility Pipe Layer
  • Waste Water Worker
  • Water Main Pipe Layer


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Check slopes for conformance to requirements, using levels or lasers.
  • Cover pipes with earth or other materials.
  • Connect pipe pieces and seal joints, using welding equipment, cement, or glue.
  • Cut pipes to required lengths.
  • Install or repair sanitary or stormwater sewer structures or pipe systems.
  • Install or use instruments such as lasers, grade rods, or transit levels.
  • Grade or level trench bases, using tamping machines or hand tools.
  • Lay out pipe routes, following written instructions or blueprints and coordinating layouts with supervisors.
  • Align and position pipes to prepare them for welding or sealing.
  • Dig trenches to desired or required depths, by hand or using trenching tools.
  • Operate mechanized equipment, such as pickup trucks, rollers, tandem dump trucks, front-end loaders, or backhoes.
  • Train or supervise others in laying pipe.
  • Tap and drill holes into pipes to introduce auxiliary lines or devices.
  • Locate existing pipes needing repair or replacement, using magnetic or radio indicators.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air compressors
  • Air hammers
  • Aligning clamps
  • Backhoes
  • Belting slings
  • Bevel grinding machines
  • Block and tackle equipment
  • Boring machines
  • Bulldozers
  • Cable plows
  • Caulking guns
  • Combination squares
  • Compactors
  • Concrete saws
  • Cutting torches
  • Desktop computers
  • Ditch pumps
  • Dredges
  • Drill presses
  • Excavators
  • Explosimeters
  • Facing machines
  • Fill pumps
  • Forklifts
  • Framing squares
  • Generators
  • Graders
  • Hammers
  • Hand tampers
  • Horizontal boring machines
  • Hydraulic cranes
  • Ladders
  • Laser printers
  • Leak detection equipment
  • Manlifts
  • Manual benders
  • Manual screw jacks
  • Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Motor-driven brushes
  • Motor-driven grinders
  • Narrow mouth shovels
  • Notebook computers
  • Null locators
  • Offset socket wrench sets
  • Ohmmeters
  • Optical levels
  • Personal computers
  • Pigs
  • Pipe bending mandrels
  • Pipe beveling machines
  • Pipe cutting machines
  • Pipe lasers
  • Pipe threaders
  • Pipelayers
  • Pipeline jacks
  • Portable grinders
  • Portable welding machines
  • Power drills
  • Power saws
  • Powered tampers
  • Pressure testers
  • Pry bars
  • Reciprocating pipe saws
  • Roll groovers
  • Round point shovels
  • Sand pumps
  • Sandblasters
  • Scaffolding
  • Shielded arc welding tools
  • Single-cut mill saw files
  • Sledgehammers
  • Snakes
  • Stationary grinders
  • Tapping machines
  • Test pumps
  • Track loaders
  • Tractor pipe carrier attachments
  • Tractors with backhoe attachments
  • Tractors with loader attachments
  • Transit levels
  • Trenchers
  • Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
  • Voltmeters
  • Water removal pumps
  • Welding hoods
  • Wheel loaders
  • Winches
  • Wire tracers
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software


  • construction and extraction


    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580