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Piping Designer Salary

The average Piping Designer in the United States earns approximately $31.10 per hour. Total cash earnings of Piping Designers range from $45K on the low end to $116K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $4K and $12K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Piping Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Piping Designers (87 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$44,697 - $103,710
(Median)
$45K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,584
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$20.43 - $53.22
(Median)
$20
$31
$53
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary 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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,697 - $103,710  
   
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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$45,358 - $116,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 110
National Hourly Rate 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$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$20.43 - $53.22  
   
Overtime
$29.56 - $77.05  
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 - $3,878  
   
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).
)
$45,358 - $116,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 336

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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 seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with pds and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in AutoCAD are similarly competent in 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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 $68K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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 $103K.

Pay Difference by Location


Piping Designers will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. Piping Designers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+7 percent) and Denver (+5 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Pittsburgh Piping Designers earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. Tulsa and Baton Rouge are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 22 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 38%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Microstation
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National Average
$71,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%


Cadworx
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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
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 15%