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Occupational Employment Statistics


47-4071 Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners

Clean and repair septic tanks, sewer lines, or drains. May patch walls and partitions of tank, replace damaged drain tile, or repair breaks in underground piping.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 35031$26.96/hr$18.08/hr$23.09/hr$24.80/hr$31.33/hr$39.79/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services500$23.67/hr
Public Administration110$31.33/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/A$19.11/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$24.06/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 30$23.66/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 30$18.70/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 40$19.96/hr17.9%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 40$23.31/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 40$24.26/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 50$23.59/hr10.0%
Southeast Minnesota 50$24.23/hr9.5%
Central Minnesota 90$22.63/hr14.1%
Northwest Balance of State 100$23.66/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 120$23.72/hr13.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 350$24.80/hr9.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 420$24.80/hrN/A
Minnesota 710$24.50/hr11.1%

  • Communicate with supervisors and other workers, using equipment such as wireless phones, pagers, or radio telephones.
  • Drive trucks to transport crews, materials, and equipment.
  • Prepare and keep records of actions taken, including maintenance and repair work.
  • Inspect manholes to locate sewer line stoppages.
  • Drive trucks to transport crews, materials, and equipment.
  • Ensure that repaired sewer line joints are tightly sealed before backfilling begins.
  • Operate sewer cleaning equipment, including power rodders, high-velocity water jets, sewer flushers, bucket machines, wayne balls, and vac-alls.
  • Service, adjust, and make minor repairs to equipment, machines, and attachments.
  • Start machines to feed revolving cables or rods into openings, stopping machines and changing knives to conform to pipe sizes.
  • Prepare and keep records of actions taken, including maintenance and repair work.