Pile Drivers

These skilled experts are responsible for driving steel, concrete or wood piling into the ground during the early phases of construction. They operate, inspect and maintain the heavy equipment necessary to position structural components that hold back the earth during excavations and set up the foundation of skyscrapers, highways, bridges and more.

Compensation Information

Salary Information

$34,890

Entry Level Salary

$64,360

Average Salary

$74,110

Experienced Salary

+16.67%

Increased Job Outlook
(2016-2026)
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Work Conditions

Both indoor and outdoor, nearly every facility and building type, varying weather, physically demanding, new and existing construction, working from heights

Skills Needed

Math, reading, spatial and mechanical ability, manual dexterity, problem solving, physical stamina, fast-paced thinking and reacting, communication, hand/eye/foot coordination, comfortable with heights, blueprint reading, decision making, detail-oriented

Relevant Classes

  • Algebra

  • Basic arithmetic

  • General math

  • Geometry

  • Science

  • Technology

  • Mechanical drawing

  • English/communication

  • Shop classes

Education and Training

  • 4-year apprentice program

  • 5,600 hours of on-the-job training

  • 640 classroom hours

  • Choice of $50/day stipend or collect unemployment

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