Sprinkler Fitter Salary

A sizeable majority of Sprinkler Fitters in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.58 per hour. Earnings sit near $13.04 per hour on the lower side but can approach $34.46 on the higher side. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Around one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and about one-half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$34,916 - $92,544
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$93K
MEDIAN: $51,091
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$13.04 - $34.46
(Median)
$13
$21
$34
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$34,916 - $92,544  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,474  
Commission
$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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$28,699 - $78,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.04 - $34.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$18.05 - $49.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,474  
   
Commission
$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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$28,699 - $78,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 756
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Job Description for Sprinkler Fitter

A sprinkler fitter is responsible for installing all types of fire-protecting systems, including pipe systems and valves. They cut, thread, assemble, and bond pipes and tubes according to equipment specifications. It is this persons’ responsibility to make sure all fire-protecting systems are working well and pass every fire inspection. In all tasks, the sprinkler fitter must follow relevant safety regulations, including those related to wearing safety equipment. These professionals generally report to the project foreman on site or whoever the foreman has designated; most times, however, the fitter must be able to work on their own with minimal supervision.

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Sprinkler Fitter Tasks

  • Cut and thread pipe.
  • Plan sequence of installation.
  • Secure pipes to structures with clamps and brackets using hand tools.
  • Read and understand drawings and blueprints.
  • Test of piping systems for leaks and read gauges.

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Survey results show that Sprinkler Fitters typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with sprinkler fitter and foreman are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 51 percent and 43 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Sprinkler Fitter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Sprinkler Fitters, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $33K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $46K. Sprinkler Fitters bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $62K.

Sprinkler Fitter Advice

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Sprinkler Fitter in Visalia:
"How far up the ladder can one get before they cap out."
Make sure you choose a company that offers health benefits and retirement. This work is backbreaking and you can only do it for so long. You always want to have a plan B.

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Experience Affects Sprinkler Fitter Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Sprinkler Fitter Salaries

sprinkler fitter
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foreman
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National Average
$45,000

Blueprints
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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