Pipefitter Salary

Male Pipefitters number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $24.61 per hour in the United States. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction for Pipefitters is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,767 - $95,748
$29K
$51K
$96K
MEDIAN: $51,281
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50%
90%

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$14.67 - $37.46
$15
$25
$37
MEDIAN: $24.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$28,767 - $95,748  
   
Bonus
$309.13 - $9,635  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$32,100 - $92,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 135
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.67 - $37.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.07  
Overtime
$20.10 - $55.18  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$309.13 - $9,635  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$32,100 - $92,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,108

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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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Pipefitters may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Maintenance Pipefitter. Maintenance Pipefitters on average make about as much as Pipefitters do. Pipefitters most often advance into Plumber and Sprinkler Fitter positions even though the median salaries are $3K 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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with rigging, Welder, and Pipefitter are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 72 percent, 65 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Plumbing and Pipe Fitter as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $44K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $60K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $64K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $69K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,939

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

For Pipefitters, busy Chicago offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 68 percent above the national average. Pipefitters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+27 percent), Phoenix (+25 percent), Detroit (+9 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Compared to the national average, Cincinnati Pipefitters have considerably lower salaries, 31 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Charlotte (23 percent less) and Norfolk (12 percent less).

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Key Stats for Pipefitter

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Pipefitter Salaries

▲25%

▲16%

▲8%

National Average
$55,000

▼20%

Skills That Affect Pipefitter Salaries

rigging
▲72%

Welder
▲65%

Pipefitter
▲14%



brazing
▲8%

▲6%

Layout
▲6%

▲5%

▲5%

National Average
$55,000

Pipe Fitter
▼14%

Plumbing
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 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
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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