3.4/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $22.10 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 50% (Robots are watching)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions
Manual Dexterity
Finger Dexterity
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quite important
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Pipelayers' job openings is expected to decline by -2.6% by 2031
'Pipelayers' is expected to be a very slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Pipelayers' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Pipelayers' was $45,980, or $22.10 hourly
'Pipelayers' are paid 0.5% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as pipelayers?

As of 2021 there were 33,330 people employed as Pipelayers within the United States.
This represents around 0.02% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 4 thousand people are employed as Pipelayers.

Job 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.

SOC Code: 47-2151.00


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h (Small chance) says
It's certainly seeming to be a repetitive job, but you'll need very complex robots to take care of it
Mar 10, 2020 at 05:56 PM
Chris says
We lay pipe, repair broken water mains, install and repair fire hydrants, repair water main valves, repair street patches from previous digs. The most in depth thing that’s happened over the past 8 years of being there, we’ve gone from using paper maps with pipe size and locations with books that have valve locations, to a computer that has your gps location with all the valves and pipes around you. That and the breaker that goes on a back hoe to bust up the street. That’s about it for robotic advancements for us. You still have to drill the street to isolate the leak for a dig location. Dig around utilities if others are in the way. Such a complicated under paid gig to be doing year round up north with lines breaking all winter.
Mar 13, 2021 at 02:29 AM

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