Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Salary
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
- 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
Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Maintenance Pipefitter. On average, Maintenance Pipefitters get paid about the same as Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters do. Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters most often move into Pipefitter or Lead Plumber roles. However, the former pays $9K less on average, and the latter pays $9K less.
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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.
For many Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $52K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $59K. Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters bring in $67K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $69K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.