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Career Overview  

A pipelayer lays glazed or unglazed clay, concrete, plastic, or cast-iron pipe for storm or sanitation sewers, drains, water mains, and oil or gas lines.

Skills and Abilities

A pipelayer would often handle loads up to 50 lbs., sometimes up to 100 lbs. and needs a lot of strength for this position. Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time. Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time and involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time. Tasks and responsibilities include: Aligning and positioning pipes to prepare them for welding or sealing; checking slope for conformance to requirements, using levels or lasers; covering pipes with earth or other materials; Cutting pipes, connecting pieces and sealing  joints using welding equipment, cement, or glue; Digging trenches to the desired or required depth by hand or using a trenching tool; grading and leveling the bottom of trenches, using a tamping machine and hand tools; Laying out the route of pipe by following written instructions or blueprints; tapping and drilling holes into pipe to introduce auxiliary lines or devices.


  • $45,420 (annually)
  • $21.84 (hourly)

Salary Ranges (entry level > experienced) 

  • $33,103 - $66,550 (annually)
  • $15.19 - $31.99 (hourly)

*SOURCE: Occupational Employment Statistics Program, US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, for Colorado, from May 2018. https://www.bls.gov/oes/

 * Entry Level wage rates based on the average of the lower 1/3 of the wage distribution. Experienced wage rates based on the average of the top 10% of the wage distribution.


VIDEO SOURCE: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration on careeronestop.org


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