Piping Designer Salary
Piping Designers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $33.19 per hour. Cash earnings for Piping Designers — including $8K in bonuses and $12K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $49K to $125K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though tenure and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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.Read More...
Piping designers work in a mix of environments. They work for the most part in a drafting room environment with a draft team they manage. They usually work a standard 40-hour week, with some overtime as project deadlines approach. They also must make site visits and meet with other engineers and teams to develop an understanding of the project requirements. Once a design is completed, they spend a significant period of time o -site, ensuring proper implementation and safety.
A bachelor’s degree in mechanical or civil engineering - or a related field - is required for piping designers. Several years’ experience in the field is also required, as these professionals must work independently and generally have wide latitude in the piping design process.
Piping Designer Tasks
- Use software to design piping projects according to best practices.
- Manage projects, set schedules and identify obstacles and challenges.
- Create, disseminate and review drawings, diagrams and models and associated documentation.
- Develop, review and update documentation like plans, equipment lists and schedules.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Piping Designer
Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $133K, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $78K, the lowest in the field.
Popular Skills for Piping Designer
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with pds, Cadworx, and Microstation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 11 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with AutoCAD also know Microsoft Office.
Pay by Experience Level for Piping Designer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Piping Designers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $57K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $78K. Piping Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $81K. Professionals with more than two decades of experience behind them enjoy a prosperous six-figure median salary of $101K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Piping Designers, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Piping Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Lake Charles (+18 percent), Denver (+16 percent), Tulsa (+11 percent), and San Francisco (+7 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Pittsburgh Piping Designers earning much less — 26 percent less — than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Baton Rouge and Salt Lake City (13 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).
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