Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Salary

Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $28.85 per hour. Work is enjoyable for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly more than a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,553 - $95,775
(Median)
$27K
$54K
$96K
MEDIAN: $53,893
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$15.71 - $40.99
(Median)
$16
$29
$41
MEDIAN: $28.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$26,553 - $95,775  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
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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$33,373 - $96,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$15.71 - $40.99  
   
Overtime
$23.39 - $60.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
   
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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$33,373 - $96,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 161
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Job Description for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter

  • 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. Many Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters advance into roles as Master Plumbers or Lead Plumbers, but the median salaries are $8K lower and $8K lower, respectively.

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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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $42K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $61K. Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters see a median salary of $65K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 23%
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