Pipelayers (47-2151)

Occupation description:  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).

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 2931 6.90 01
United States 45,70051,000 11.4520 6001,130

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 20.1512.3314.48 18.1624.6032.01
Alaska 26.7616.4018.41 22.9935.1540.73

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
349 26.541.4 34.5
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation19
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation1
UI claimants previously working in occupation27
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 96
Number of job position postings 4
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 24.0

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: No formal educational credential Work experience: None On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
Trenching, Excavating & Shoring Certificate

 Degree
Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
Trenching and Excavation Competent Person Training Certificate