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Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

47-2151 Pipelayers



Lay pipe for storm or sanitation sewers, drains, and water mains. Perform any combination of the following tasks: grade trenches or culverts, position pipe, or seal joints. Excludes “Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers" (51-4121).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Central Minnesota 14017$37.71/hr$30.52/hr$32.88/hr$38.83/hr$41.46/hr$44.56/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Construction790$39.43/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA 30$38.78/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 40$38.26/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 50$38.03/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 50$38.78/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 60$24.86/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 60$38.47/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 80$37.72/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 140$38.83/hr-0.8%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 480$40.15/hr0.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 570$40.15/hrN/A
Minnesota 830$39.31/hr0.7%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -
Helpers--Carpenters 190$19.88/hrN/A
Carpenters 17,190$29.40/hr1.3%
Maintenance Workers, Machinery 1,710$28.86/hr12.6%
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators 400$23.23/hr0.0%


  • Operate mechanized equipment, such as pickup trucks, rollers, tandem dump trucks, front-end loaders, or backhoes.
  • Grade or level trench bases, using tamping machines or hand tools.
  • Lay out pipe routes, following written instructions or blueprints and coordinating layouts with supervisors.
  • Dig trenches to desired or required depths, by hand or using trenching tools.
  • Cut pipes to required lengths.
  • Cover pipes with earth or other materials.
  • Tap and drill holes into pipes to introduce auxiliary lines or devices.
  • Connect pipe pieces and seal joints, using welding equipment, cement, or glue.
  • Check slopes for conformance to requirements, using levels or lasers.
  • Align and position pipes to prepare them for welding or sealing.