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Pipefitter Salary

Men account for the majority of Pipefitters in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $24.36 per hour. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Pipefitters like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by over one-half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$30,411 - $95,967
(Median)
$30K
$59K
$96K
MEDIAN: $58,806
10%
50%
90%

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$14.72 - $38.20
(Median)
$15
$24
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$30,411 - $95,967  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,015  
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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$31,602 - $91,147  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.72 - $38.20  
   
Overtime
$21.52 - $55.86  
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 - $2,015  
   
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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$31,602 - $91,147  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 709

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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.

Common Career Paths for Pipefitter


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As Pipefitters make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Maintenance Pipefitter position pays around the same amount as the Pipefitter job on average. Pipefitters most often advance into Plumber and Sprinkler Fitter positions even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $9K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Pipefitter


Pipefitters report a narrow range of specific skills. 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 Welding are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 17 percent and 21 percent. Most people skilled in Blueprints are similarly competent 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.


Pipefitters generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $42K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $54K. Pipefitters claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $60K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $64K.

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Experience Affects Pipefitter Salaries



National Average
$54,000



Skills That Affect Pipefitter Salaries


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Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
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Pipe Welding
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National Average
$54,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 26%