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 $24.61 per hour. Earnings sit near $14.78 per hour on the lower side but can approach $37.80 on the higher side. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a little over a half have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Pipefitters claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,342 - $91,017
(Median)
$30K
$58K
$91K
MEDIAN: $57,980
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$14.78 - $37.80
(Median)
$15
$25
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$30,342 - $91,017  
   
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).
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$31,996 - $90,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.78 - $37.80  
   
Overtime
$21.31 - $54.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$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).
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$31,996 - $90,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 790
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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.

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 often advance into Plumber and Sprinkler Fitter positions even though the median salaries are $4K lower and $9K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Pipefitter


Survey results suggest that Pipefitters put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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 20 percent. Those familiar with Blueprints also tend to know Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW).

Pay by Experience Level for Pipefitter

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


Pipefitters with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $42K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $55K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $61K. Pipefitters who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $64K.

Pay Difference by Location


Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Pipefitters, 74 percent higher than the national average. Pipefitters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+71 percent), Phoenix (+26 percent), Denver (+14 percent), and San Diego (+14 percent). Pipefitters' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Pipefitters in Newport News bring in salaries that are 22 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around 22 percent less in Charlotte and 19 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Pipefitter Salaries




National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Pipefitter Salaries


Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
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Pipe Welding
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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: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 24%
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