A Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter earns an average wage of $29.49 per hour.
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$35,593 - $82,888
$36K
$54K
$83K
MEDIAN: $54,037
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$17.90 - $44.02
$18
$29
$44
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$35,593 - $82,888  
   
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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$38,870 - $94,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$17.90 - $44.02  
   
Overtime
$21.56 - $63.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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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$38,870 - $94,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 130

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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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 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$62,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Salaries

Pipe Welding
up arrow 5%

Welding
0%

National Average
$62,000

Plumbing
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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