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 $24.64 per hour. Total incomes of Pipefitters incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $7K from bonuses and close to $50K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $32K and $94K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the specific employer and experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a little over a half have dental coverage, one-fourth claim no health benefits at all.

$25,435 - $98,246
$25K
$52K
$98K
MEDIAN: $52,038
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50%
90%

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$14.71 - $38.25
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$38
MEDIAN: $24.64
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$0$98K
Salary $25,435 - $98,246
Bonus $200.00 - $7,000
Profit Sharing $503 - $49,665
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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$31,930 - $94,004
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 137
Hourly Data $0$58
Hourly Rate $14.71 - $38.25
Hourly Tips $0.13 - $14.90
Overtime $20.64 - $58.22
Annual Data $0$94K
Bonus $200.00 - $7,000
Profit Sharing $503 - $49,665
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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$31,930 - $94,004
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,147

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Job Description for Pipefitter

A pipefitter installs and fits various piping for commercial and residential use. The pipes are often meant to deal with high pressure, so it is important that the job is done right. The pipefitter will often personally have to plan the layout and design of piping systems, so that they fit in a customized manner. The pipes and related equipment used will usually be chosen by the pipefitter.

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Pipefitter Tasks

  • Handle and install pipes of various materials.
  • Test equipment and piping for pressure and leaks.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Pipefitter


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As Pipefitters make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Maintenance Pipefitter position pays around the same amount as the Pipefitter job on average. Pipefitters most frequently become Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters and Sprinkler Fitters even though median compensation is $4K lower and $10K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Pipefitter


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Bechtel Corporation offers the most; Pipefitters earn $74K on average there.

Popular Skills for Pipefitter


Pipefitters seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with rigging, Welder, and Pipefitter are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 71 percent, 64 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those listing Plumbing and Pipe Fitter as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those proficient in Blueprints are, more often than not, also skilled in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW).

Pay by Experience Level for Pipefitter

Pay by Experience for a Pipefitter has a positive trend. An entry-level Pipefitter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 569 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Pipefitter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 400 salaries. An experienced Pipefitter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 365 salaries. A Pipefitter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 221 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,264

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 67 percent, Pipefitters in Chicago receive some of the highest pay in the country. Pipefitters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+27 percent), Phoenix (+25 percent), Detroit (+9 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). Pipefitters in Cincinnati report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 31 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Charlotte (23 percent less) and Norfolk (13 percent less).

Pipefitter Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Pipefitter?

Pipefitter in Baton Rouge:
Pros: Nothing about it isn't good.
Cons: Nothing I just don't like my job.

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Key Stats for Pipefitter

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Pipefitter Salaries

▲24%

▲15%

▲8%

National Average
$55,000

▼20%

Skills That Affect Pipefitter Salaries

rigging
▲71%

Welder
▲64%

Pipefitter
▲13%



brazing
▲8%

▲6%

Layout
▲5%

▲4%

▲4%

National Average
$55,000

Pipe Fitter
▼15%

Plumbing
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 25%
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