Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $29.41 per hour nationwide. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and just over a half have dental coverage, roughly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Most Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,492 - $88,796
$36K
$55K
$89K
MEDIAN: $55,199
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$16.61 - $44.46
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$30
$44
MEDIAN: $29.53
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$0$96K
Salary $36,492 - $88,796
Bonus $3,500
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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$37,484 - $96,612
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 28
Hourly Data $0$64
Hourly Rate $16.61 - $44.46
Overtime $21.31 - $64.41
Annual Data $0$96K
Bonus $3,500
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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$37,484 - $96,612
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 129

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Job Description for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters work primarily for construction and plumbing companies, while some also run their own businesses either independently or in partnership with other plumbers. Most employers require at least a high school diploma or GED for this position, as well as completion of a relevant apprenticeship. Although those in this position often learn on-the-job or through an apprenticeship, they may begin by attending a technical school. They may also be required to be licensed and bonded depending on the state in which they work.

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Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Tasks

  • Read blueprints to identify service panels, access appropriate areas, and diagnose problems.
  • Clear drain lines, remove blockages, and ensure proper performance.
  • Assemble, alter, repair, and remove pipes, faucets, toilets, and their fittings.
  • Test plumbing systems and identify leaks or other problems.

Common Career Paths for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter


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Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Maintenance Pipefitter. The two jobs pay about the same on average. Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters most often move into positions as Pipefitters or Lead Plumbers. Pipefitters actually earn $9K less on average, however, and Lead Plumbers earn $10K less per year than Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters do.

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Pay by Experience Level for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter

Pay by Experience for a Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter has a positive trend. An entry-level Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 38 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 50 salaries. An experienced Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 50 salaries. A Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 54 salaries.

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Key Stats for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
32%
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Experience Affects Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Salaries

Late-Career
▲11%

Experienced
▲10%

National Average
$63,000

Mid-Career
▼4%

Entry-Level
▼19%

Skills That Affect Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Salaries

Pipe Welding
▲4%

▼0%

National Average
$63,000

Plumbing
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 26%
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