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Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Salary (United States)

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $59K, more than two-fifths of overall earnings for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters arrives through commissions. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Salary (?
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$30,410 - $98,873
(Median)
30K
40K
55K
70K
99K
MEDIAN: $54,666
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Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Salary (?
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$15.28 - $39.99
(Median)
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27
34
40
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$30,410 - $98,873  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,460  
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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$33,281 - $95,417  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$15.28 - $39.99  
   
Overtime
$22.70 - $58.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,460  
   
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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$33,281 - $95,417  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 188
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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, they often do not see a change in salary. Maintenance Pipefitters earn the same amount as Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters on average. Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters most frequently advance into Master Plumber and Lead Plumber roles even though the median salaries are $7K lower and $7K lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%
Experienced
up arrow 11%
National Average
$59,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 18%