Salary for Pipelayers

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 talent cluster and get scouted 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 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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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.


Pipelayers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Educational Services
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Public Administration

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Wholesale Trade
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Public Administration