Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 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. Exclude "Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers" (51-4121).
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Install or use instruments such as lasers, grade rods, or transit levels. Cut pipes to required lengths. Connect pipe pieces and seal joints, using welding equipment, cement, or glue. Cover pipes with earth or other materials. Install or repair sanitary or stormwater sewer structures or pipe systems. Align and position pipes to prepare them for welding or sealing. Check slopes for conformance to requirements, using levels or lasers. Lay out pipe routes, following written instructions or blueprints and coordinating layouts with supervisors. 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. Dig trenches to desired or required depths, by hand or using trenching tools. Tap and drill holes into pipes to introduce auxiliary lines or devices. Locate existing pipes needing repair or replacement, using magnetic or radio indicators. Train or supervise others in laying pipe.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $11.60   Entry $24,118.00
Mean $16.57   Mean $34,472.00
Experience $19.06 Experience $39,649.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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