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 $28.85 per hour nationwide. Some workers in this field — close to a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. For the most part, Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,356 - $96,317

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$15.57 - $40.99

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$26,356 - $96,317  
   
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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$33,351 - $96,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$15.57 - $40.99  
   
Overtime
$22.95 - $60.74  
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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$33,351 - $96,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 161
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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.

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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 frequently become Master Plumbers and Lead Plumbers even though median compensation is $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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $42K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $61K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $66K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $65K on average.

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Experience Affects Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 32%

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
34%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 24%
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