Pipe Layer

Install piping systems under buildings and roads.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$23,000 – $60,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Pipe Layers do?

You take a shower and never think about the pipes that carry the water to the sewer. Pipe Layers, however, know all about pipes — where they are and where they transport their contents. Similar to — but also different from — Plumbers, Pipe Layers are responsible for constructing a system of pipes used to transport liquids or gases.

Building a system of clay, concrete, plastic, or cast-iron pipes, Pipe Layers connect homes and businesses with sewers, water mains, and oil or natural gas lines. You had better have a strong back, as the process often begins with digging. Trenches are prepared to house the pipes before anything else takes place. After the trenches are dug and graded for stability (something else you’ll use your muscles for), you insert the pipes and connect the pieces using welded joints, glue, or cement.

Working as a Pipe Layer requires strength, in addition to good problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Physical strength and endurance are necessary for this position because you’ll often be lifting and carrying more than 50 pounds. Familiarity with basic work tools such as screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, welding equipment, and levels is also helpful as all of these, and more, are used regularly. Keep in mind that you’ll work outside and at construction sites, so put away the wing tips or pumps and get out those steel toe boots.


Should I be a Pipe Layer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Cast-Iron Drain Pipe Layer, Gas Pipe Layer, Pipe Assembly Worker, Pipe Calker, Pipe Connector, Pipe Welder See More

    How to become a Pipe Layer

    Most Pipe Layers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9caaaa&chl=no+college+%2895%25%29|certificate+%284%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,95,95
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