Men account for the majority of Pipefitters in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $24.71 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the company and experience level. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and over one-half receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Pipefitters. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,224 - $95,233
$26K
$52K
$95K
MEDIAN: $51,686
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50%
90%

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$14.76 - $37.67
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$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$26,224 - $95,233  
   
Bonus
$306.39 - $9,696  
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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$32,087 - $92,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.76 - $37.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.89  
Overtime
$20.03 - $55.75  
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
$306.39 - $9,696  
   
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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$32,087 - $92,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,111

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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.

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Pipefitters' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Maintenance Pipefitter. On average, Maintenance Pipefitters get paid about the same 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


Pipefitters seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Bechtel Corporation, where the average salary comes to $80K.

Popular Skills for Pipefitter


Survey results imply that Pipefitters deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with rigging, Pipefitter, and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 72 percent, 13 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Plumbing and Pipe Fitter, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people who know 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $44K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $60K. On average, Pipefitters make $64K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $69K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,156

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For Pipefitters, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Pipefitters will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+25 percent), Boston (+21 percent), Detroit (+13 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Cincinnati Pipefitters earning much less — 31 percent less — than the national average. Charlotte and Norfolk are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 23 percent lower and 22 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Pipefitter

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
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




National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Pipefitter Salaries

rigging
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Pipefitter
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Layout
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brazing
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National Average
$55,000

Pipe Fitter
up arrow 9%

Plumbing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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