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Pipefitter Salary

A sizeable majority of Pipefitters in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $24.49 per hour. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Pipefitters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and over one-half have dental, too. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,948 - $91,231
(Median)
$31K
$59K
$91K
MEDIAN: $59,192
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90%

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$14.82 - $38.42
(Median)
$15
$24
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$30,948 - $91,231  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,048  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $5,000  
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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$31,942 - $90,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.82 - $38.42  
   
Overtime
$21.70 - $55.54  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,048  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $5,000  
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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$31,942 - $90,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 733

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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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Popular Skills for Pipefitter


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Lucky workers who know Shielded Metal Arc Welding can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding and Blueprints are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 16 percent and 21 percent. Most people experienced in Blueprints also 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 $42K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $55K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $61K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $64K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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 93 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 26%
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