Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Salary

A sizeable majority of Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $27.74 per hour. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. Job satisfaction for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$28,000 - $98,990
(Median)
$28K
$54K
$99K
MEDIAN: $54,495
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50%
90%

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$15.70 - $40.65
(Median)
$16
$28
$41
MEDIAN: $27.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$28,000 - $98,990  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,472  
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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$33,339 - $97,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$15.70 - $40.65  
   
Overtime
$24.11 - $59.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,472  
   
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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$33,339 - $97,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168

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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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As Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters transition into upper-level roles like Maintenance Pipefitters, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Maintenance Pipefitters earn the same amount as Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters 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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National Average
$60,000

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
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 20%