Pipefitter Salary

Pipefitters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $24.85 per hour. Pay generally varies between $14.86 per hour and $38.39. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and just over a half have dental insurance.

$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 (?
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
$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 sometimes move into a Maintenance Pipefitter role, where the salary is similar. A lot of Pipefitters advance their careers by becoming Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters and Sprinkler Fitters. However, those positions offer $5K less and $11K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Pipefitter


Survey results imply that Pipefitters put a diverse skill set 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 10 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Pipefitter and Pipe Fitter. For most people, competency in Blueprints indicates knowledge of 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Pipefitters. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $43K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $58K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $62K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $66K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,170

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

For Pipefitters, Boston provides a pay rate that is 70 percent greater 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). Pipefitters in Orlando report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 25 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Charlotte and Atlanta (24 percent lower and 23 percent lower, 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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Pipe Welding
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National Average
$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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