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Piping Designer Salary

Piping Designers in the United States can expect wages of $30.96 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Piping Designers — which occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing — stretch from around $45K to approximately $117K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. 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 87 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$43,878 - $105,929
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MEDIAN: $70,362
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,878 - $105,929  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,907  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $12,480  
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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$45,144 - $116,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$20.53 - $53.49  
   
Overtime
$29.44 - $78.13  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,907  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $12,480  
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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$45,144 - $116,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 326
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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


Survey results suggest that Piping Designers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with pds and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Cadworx. Most people who know 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.


For many Piping Designers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $56K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $67K. For Piping Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $82K. Veteran professionals who boast more than 20 years of relevant experience enjoy plum median salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $102K.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Piping Designers, 27 percent higher than the national average. Piping Designers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+3 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. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Chicago (21 percent lower and 4 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
up arrow 4%

Microstation
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National Average
$71,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%



Cadworx
up arrow 13%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 15%