Pipefitter Salary

Male Pipefitters number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $24.85 per hour in the United States. Compensation ranges from $14.86 per hour on the lower end to $38.39 on the higher end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although nearly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a little more than half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Pipefitters.

$29,970 - $97,010
(Median)
$30K
$59K
$97K
MEDIAN: $59,451
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$14.86 - $38.39
(Median)
$15
$25
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$29,970 - $97,010  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,504  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $30,000  
Commission
$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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$32,345 - $92,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.86 - $38.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.89  
Overtime
$21.11 - $55.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,504  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $30,000  
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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$32,345 - $92,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,045
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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

  • 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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Pipefitters tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Maintenance Pipefitter. The two jobs pay about the same on average. Pipefitters most often move into positions as Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters or Sprinkler Fitters. Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters actually earn $5K less on average, however, and Sprinkler Fitters earn $11K less per year than Pipefitters do.

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Popular Skills for Pipefitter


Pipefitters generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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 10 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Pipefitter and Pipe Fitter. It is often found that people who know Blueprints are also skilled in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW).

Pay by Experience Level for Pipefitter

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


For many Pipefitters, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $43K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $58K. Pipefitters see a median salary of $62K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Pipefitters with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $66K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,170

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

Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Pipefitters, 70 percent higher than the national average. Pipefitters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+66 percent), Kansas City (+43 percent), Denver (+19 percent), and Detroit (+11 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Pipefitter's salary, with Orlando Pipefitters earning salaries that are 25 percent less than the national average. Workers in Charlotte and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (24 percent less and 23 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Pipefitter Salaries




National Average
$56,000


Skills That Affect Pipefitter Salaries


Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
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$56,000

Pipe Fitter
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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