A Pipelayer earns an average wage of $15.47 per hour. A skill in heavy equipment operator is associated with high pay for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

$41,413 - $66,819
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MEDIAN: $46,600
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$12.02 - $24.84
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$46,600  
   
Bonus
$350.00  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,396 - $62,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 8
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.02 - $24.84  
   
Overtime
$18.05 - $44.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$350.00  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,396 - $62,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 218
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Job Description for Pipelayer

Pipelayers are specialized construction workers who are typically among the first workers engaged in new construction. They are tasked with digging trenches and slots in the ground and dropping in pipe that will connect houses and businesses in new construction to water and sewer main lines. In projects that involve large areas like new subdivisions or business parks, pipelayers also help install storm drains and drainage pipes that carry away excess ground water. Pipelayers also work in the energy industry by helping to lay oil and gas pipelines which cover wide areas to carry these fuels from fields to refineries to consumers.

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Pipelayer Tasks

  • Check slopes for conformance to requirements, using levels or lasers.
  • Align and position pipes to prepare them for sealing.
  • Install and repair sanitary and stormwater sewer structures and pipe systems.
  • Connect pipe pieces and seal joints.
  • Cover pipes with earth or other materials.

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Pay by Experience Level for Pipelayer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pipelayer Reviews

What is it like working as a Pipelayer?

Pipelayer in Roanoke:
"Great."
Pros: Working outside and being able to work with people I like.
Cons: When I don't work because of the weather.

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Experience Affects Pipelayer Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Pipelayer Salaries

heavy equipment operator
up arrow 23%

Machine Operation
up arrow 2%

National Average
$38,000

pipelayer
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
medical benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 51%
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