Pipefitter Salary

Men make up the majority of Pipefitters in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $24.65 per hour. Pay ranges from $14.75 per hour on the low end to $37.77 on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction for Pipefitters is high. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, approximately one in four claim no health benefits at all.

$30,554 - $90,401
(Median)
$31K
$57K
$90K
MEDIAN: $57,479
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$14.75 - $37.77
(Median)
$15
$25
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$30,554 - $90,401  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,041  
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).
)
$31,995 - $90,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.75 - $37.77  
   
Overtime
$21.09 - $54.53  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,041  
   
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).
)
$31,995 - $90,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 793
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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.

Common Career Paths for Pipefitter


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Pipefitters sometimes move into a Maintenance Pipefitter role, where the salary is similar. A lot of Pipefitters advance their careers by becoming Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters and Sprinkler Fitters. However, those positions offer $4K less and $9K less per year on average.

Pipefitter Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Pipefitter


Pipefitters generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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 13 percent and 19 percent. Most people skilled in Blueprints are similarly competent 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.


For many Pipefitters, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $42K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $55K. Pipefitters bring in $61K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $65K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Pipefitters, Boston provides a pay rate that is 74 percent greater than the national average. Pipefitters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+70 percent), Phoenix (+26 percent), Denver (+14 percent), and San Diego (+14 percent). Compared to the national average, Newport News Pipefitters have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Charlotte and Atlanta (23 percent lower and 19 percent lower, respectively).

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Pipefitter Salaries




National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Pipefitter Salaries


Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
up arrow 15%

up arrow 13%


Pipe Welding
up arrow 1%

National Average
$55,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 24%
ADVERTISEMENT