Piping Designer Salary

The average Piping Designer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $30.97 per hour. Total cash compensation to Piping Designers approaches anywhere from $46K on the lower end to $117K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $4K from bonuses and upwards of $12K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Piping Designers. There are far more male Piping Designers survey respondents than women, making up 86 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,715 - $105,232
(Median)
$46K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $70,870
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$20.32 - $53.77
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$20
$31
$54
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,715 - $105,232  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,948  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $12,164  
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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$45,739 - $116,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$20.32 - $53.77  
   
Overtime
$29.37 - $77.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,948  
   
Profit Sharing
$974 - $12,164  
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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$45,739 - $116,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 334
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Job Description for Piping Designer

Piping designers are responsible for all aspects of the design, implementation, and maintenance of piping construction. This includes using drafting software and extensive research into existing piping structures to design new piping to meet current needs. This requires coordination with other engineering and planning groups to understand the project scope and needs, as well as where piping needs to go. Piping designers must work within a strict budget framework and develop alternative plans for piping needs with a variety of costs, materials, and layouts to allow for flexibility in construction. They must meet proper safety guidelines, as well as ensure structural integrity and the ability to meet proper pipe pressures. They must ensure there is a sufficient layout of pumps, exchangers, and pressure vessels to meet site requirements related to pressure, temperature, and suction. Piping designers then must ensure completion of design and make any changes necessary as the piping is implemented.

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Piping Designer Tasks

  • Create, disseminate and review drawings, diagrams and models and associated documentation.
  • Develop, review and update documentation like plans, equipment lists and schedules.
  • Use software to design piping projects according to best practices.
  • Manage projects, set schedules and identify obstacles and challenges.

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Popular Skills for Piping Designer


Piping Designers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with pds and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 40 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with AutoCAD also know Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD).

Pay by Experience Level for Piping Designer

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


Piping Designers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $56K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $69K. On average, Piping Designers make $82K following one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $104K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Piping Designers, 23 percent higher than the national average. Piping Designers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+13 percent) and Chicago (+7 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Piping Designers is geography, with workers in Tulsa earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Baton Rouge (22 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Piping Designer Salaries



National Average
$71,000



Skills That Affect Piping Designer Salaries

pds
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Engineering Design
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Microstation
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National Average
$71,000

AutoCAD
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Cadworx
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 15%
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