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Piping Designer Salary

Piping Designers in the United States pull down an average of $31.03 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Piping Designers stretch from $46K on the lower end to $117K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $4K from bonuses and $12K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Piping Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Piping Designers who responded to the questionnaire — 87 percent to be exact. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,796 - $103,432
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MEDIAN: $70,433
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$20.48 - $53.46
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MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,796 - $103,432  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,878  
Profit Sharing
$964 - $12,365  
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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$45,746 - $116,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$20.48 - $53.46  
   
Overtime
$29.34 - $77.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,878  
   
Profit Sharing
$964 - $12,365  
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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$45,746 - $116,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 327

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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 diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with pds and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent and 3 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office. For most people, competency in AutoCAD indicates knowledge of 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $56K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $68K on average. For Piping Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $82K. 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


With a pay rate for Piping Designers that is 24 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Piping Designers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+8 percent) and Chicago (+7 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Piping Designer's salary, with Tulsa Piping Designers earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Baton Rouge (21 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Piping Designer Salaries



National Average
$71,000



Skills That Affect Piping Designer Salaries

pds
up arrow 39%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Microstation
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National Average
$71,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%


Cadworx
up arrow 7%





Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%
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