Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Salary
|Salary||$35,593 - $82,888|
|Total Pay (||$38,470 - $94,287|
|Hourly Rate||$17.70 - $43.72|
|Overtime||$21.47 - $63.35|
|Total Pay (||$38,470 - $94,287|
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.Read More...
Some employers require that plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters have valid driver's licenses and clean DMV records, as they may need to drive company trucks. Drug tests and background checks may be necessary, and they must be honest, reliable, and able to work independently with minimal supervision as well as in a team environment. They must also be comfortable working with diverse people, able to communicate clearly, and adherent to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety rules and regulations. They must always follow their company’s guidelines, policies and procedures related to safety, customer service, and work quality, as well.
Interpersonal and customer service skills are important in this position, as they may have to communicate directly with customers and answer their questions. Some employers prefer that their plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters speak a second language, such as Spanish or Chinese. They are often required to have their own tools, and some may need to train and coach new co-workers.
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.
Common Career Paths for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter
Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters sometimes move into a Maintenance Pipefitter role, where the salary is similar. 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 $9K less per year than Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters do.
Pay by Experience Level for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $51K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $60K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $69K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.
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