Piping Designer Salary

For Piping Designers, hourly average wages total $30.81 per hour. Total cash earnings of Piping Designers range from $46K on the low end to $117K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $4K and $12K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Piping Designers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. For the most part, Piping Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,374 - $105,654
(Median)
$45K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $70,545
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$20.32 - $53.75
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$54
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,374 - $105,654  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,948  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $12,255  
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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$45,599 - $116,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$20.32 - $53.75  
   
Overtime
$29.39 - $76.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,948  
   
Profit Sharing
$970 - $12,255  
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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$45,599 - $116,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 335
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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 imply that Piping Designers put a diverse skill set to use. Fortunate workers who know pds can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 41 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $56K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $69K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $81K in this role. Professionals with deep experience (more than 20 years) report prosperous salaries in six-figure territory; the median for this crowd is approximately $104K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Piping Designers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Piping Designers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+13 percent) and Chicago (+7 percent). Piping Designers in Tulsa earn salaries far below the national average by 22 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Pittsburgh and Baton Rouge are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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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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
25%
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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