Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Salary

Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $29.19 per hour. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Roughly one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,000 - $82,678
(Median)
$30K
$55K
$83K
MEDIAN: $54,683
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50%
90%

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$16.95 - $42.32
(Median)
$17
$29
$42
MEDIAN: $29.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$30,000 - $82,678  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
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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$36,607 - $99,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$16.95 - $42.32  
   
Overtime
$22.55 - $62.57  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
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).
)
$36,607 - $99,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 166
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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.

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. Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters most often advance into Master Plumber and Lead Plumber positions even though the median salaries are $8K lower and $9K lower, respectively.

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Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters usually report a few specific skills. Pipe Welding and Welding are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 4 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $50K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $61K. On average, Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters make $65K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $66K.

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Experience Affects Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Salaries

Welding
up arrow 4%

Pipe Welding
up arrow 4%

National Average
$61,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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