• Entry Level Salary


  • National Median Pay


  • Real Go-Getters Make


  • Source: Emsi, 2022


  • Primary welding for the construction, maintenance, and repair of pipeline systems and assemblies.
  • Cutting, dismantling, straightening, or reshaping pipe sections and components.
  • Construct pipeline supports and related structures
  • Perform “hot-tapping” or the welding of “live” pipelines.
  • Maintenance of welding equipment, tools, and field service vehicle

Education & Training

Education and training that can lead to a successful career may include:

Minimum Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Recommended Education

Certificate in pipe welding, metals fabrication, welding, etc.

Advanced Education

Associate degree in welding, metals fabrication, pipe welding, etc.

Recommended Training

Related pipeline work experience

Advanced Training

Apprenticeship program

Recommended Certification

AWS Certified Welder

Essential Skills

  • Strong mechanical and mathematical aptitude
  • Adapt to changes quickly and seamlessly
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work efficiently in all types of weather conditions
  • Knowledge of blueprints, welding symbols, piping components, and field welding techniques

Work Environment

As a pipeliner, you should also expect to travel extensively, as pipeline construction can take place anywhere in the world; from heavy populated cities to remote high mountain deserts. Opportunities are also available in shop environments. 

The heat map below showcases the total number of job postings for Pipeliners in the last twelve months by state. As shown, the darker the color of the state, the higher the concentration of job postings. The heat map is intended to provide insight into areas where Pipeliner careers are currently in demand.

Top Industries

Natural Resources

Natural Resources

Oil Refineries, Cross-Country Pipelines, Mineral Processing Facilities


Chemical Processing, Food & Beverage Processing, Power Generation


Water & Natural Gas Utilities, Building & Mechanical Components


If the pipeliner career path isn’t for you, these career opportunities may be a perfect fit! The following careers below have similar work environments, education/training requirements, and responsibilities:

  • Pipefitter
  • Boilermaker
  • Pipe Welder