Pipefitter Salary

Men account for the majority of Pipefitters in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $24.69 per hour. Compensation ranges from $14.76 per hour on the lower end to $37.75 on the higher end. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Pipefitters like their work and job satisfaction is high. While some workers in this profession — about a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and slightly more than half have dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$30,627 - $90,913

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$14.76 - $37.75

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$30,627 - $90,913  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,059  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $9,933  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,017 - $90,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.76 - $37.75  
   
Overtime
$21.00 - $54.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,059  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $9,933  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,017 - $90,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 815
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Job Description for Pipefitter

A pipefitter is a tradesperson who lays out, puts together, produces, maintains, and repairs mechanical piping systems. The pipefitter will install, inspect, and maintain - as well as repair or replace, as needed - such equipment as pipes, pipelines, filters, steam traps, strainers, and valves. The tradesperson must be able to visually inspect pressure gauges and vacuum gauges to recommend any necessary repair work. Responsibilities also include testing equipment and piping for potentially dangerous and destructive issues such as excessive pressure or leaks.

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Pipefitter Tasks

  • Visually inspect pressure and vacuum gauges and recommend repair work if necessary.
  • Install, inspect and maintain repairs or replace pipes, pipelines filters, steam traps and strainers valves.
  • Handle and install pipes of various materials.
  • Test equipment and piping for pressure and leaks.

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Pipefitters' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Maintenance Pipefitter. On average, Maintenance Pipefitters get paid about the same as Pipefitters do. Many Pipefitters advance into roles as Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters or Sprinkler Fitters, but the median salaries are $4K lower and $9K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Pipefitter


Typical Pipefitters report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Welding, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 17 percent. Those educated in Blueprints tend to be well versed in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW).

Pay by Experience Level for Pipefitter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $42K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $56K. Pipefitters with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $61K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $64K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Pipefitters, Boston provides a pay rate that is 73 percent greater than the national average. Pipefitters will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+68 percent), Phoenix (+25 percent), Denver (+19 percent), and Baton Rouge (+9 percent). Pipefitters in Newport News make 23 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Charlotte and Atlanta (23 percent lower and 20 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Pipefitter Salaries




National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Pipefitter Salaries


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National Average
$55,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 24%
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