Salary for Pipelayers

Also known as:  Cast-Iron Drain Pipe Layer, Pipe Layer, Sewer Pipe Layer, Trench Pipe Layer, Water Main Pipe Layer

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Pipelayers lay down and position pipe for drains and sewage systems. There is a lot of risk associated with becoming a pipelayer because of the locations where pipelayers work and the tools used while working. To become a pipe layer, some employers require a high school diploma or GED, while some do not. The formal training is subject to the employer's discretion as well. Some employers will require an apprenticeship or vocational schooling, while some would prefer that candidates complete all necessary training on-site.

A Pipelayer can expect an average wage on a scale from 24000 - 36000 based on tenure level. Pipelayers will normally receive wages of Thirty Eight Thousand Eight Hundred dollars per annum.

Pipelayers can expect the highest salaries in Illinois, where they can receive an average salary rate of close to $57900. People with these jobs can make the highest salaries in Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction, which has normal pay levels of $57830.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 21.04 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Pipelayers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Educational Services
$57,830
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$42,940
Utilities
$41,870
Construction
$38,750
Manufacturing
$37,030
Public Administration
$36,730

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Wholesale Trade
$27,600
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$28,040
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$34,810
Public Administration
$36,730
Manufacturing
$37,030
Construction
$38,750