Training Requirements for Pipelayers

Pipelayers need no formal educational credential and short-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Pipelayers
Percent
Less than High School 17.4
High School 46.6
Some College 24.3
Associates Degree 6.8
Bachelors Degree 4.2
Masters Degree 0.4
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.2

Employment Outlook for Pipelayers

This represents about 45,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 5,000 more pipelayers but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 11,000 more.

Typical Income for Pipelayers

Hourly Income

On average,pipelayers make $20.61 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Pipelayers $12.66 $14.79 $18.47 $24.94 $32.47
Construction and extraction occupations $12.44 $15.68 $20.96 $29.17 $38.85
Construction trades workers $12.42 $15.53 $20.34 $28.31 $37.86
Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters $14.23 $18.01 $24.18 $32.28 $42.51
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, pipelayers make $42,860 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Pipelayers $26,320 $30,760 $38,410 $51,870 $67,550
Construction and extraction occupations $25,880 $32,610 $43,610 $60,670 $80,820
Construction trades workers $25,840 $32,290 $42,310 $58,890 $78,750
Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters $29,590 $37,460 $50,300 $67,150 $88,420
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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