Men make up the majority of Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters in the United States, bringing in about $29.56 per hour. Work is enjoyable for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,913 - $81,085
(Median)
$31K
$50K
$81K
MEDIAN: $50,397
10%
50%
90%

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$18.10 - $43.67
(Median)
$18
$30
$44
MEDIAN: $29.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$30,913 - $81,085  
   
Bonus
$3,500  
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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$38,713 - $94,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$18.10 - $43.67  
   
Overtime
$21.52 - $63.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$3,500  
   
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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$38,713 - $94,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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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 often move into Pipefitter or Lead Plumber roles. However, the former pays $9K less on average, and the latter pays $9K less.

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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.


For many Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $52K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $59K. Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitters bring in $67K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $69K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$62,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Salaries

Pipe Welding
up arrow 13%

National Average
$62,000

Welding
up arrow 2%

Plumbing
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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