Salary for Pipelayers

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Also known as:  Cast-Iron Drain Pipe Layer, Pipe Layer, Sewer Pipe Layer, Trench Pipe Layer, Water Main Pipe Layer helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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 will normally receive an average salary on a scale from $28,760 - $69,090 based on experience and domain knowledge. will normally get average salaries of fourty-five thousand and sixty dollars on an annual basis.

are compensated at the highest average salary in Minnesota, where they get salary pay of approximately $76,390. These people are compensated the highest in Wholesale Trade, where they get pay of $47,710.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 41.85 percent nationwide in that time.


Pipelayers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Wholesale Trade
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Educational Services
Public Administration

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Transportation and Warehousing
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Public Administration