Pipefitter Salary

Pipefitters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $24.71 per hour. Cash earnings for Pipefitters — which occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $50K from profit sharing — stretch from around $32K to approximately $94K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the company and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and over one-half have dental, too. Most Pipefitters like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,106 - $99,335
$28K
$53K
$99K
MEDIAN: $52,662
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50%
90%

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$14.87 - $38.33
$15
$25
$38
MEDIAN: $24.86
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$0$99K
Salary $28,106 - $99,335
Bonus $300.00 - $6,000
Profit Sharing $21.14 - $49,665
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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$32,494 - $94,982
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 139
Hourly Data $0$58
Hourly Rate $14.87 - $38.33
Hourly Tips $5.00
Overtime $20.75 - $58.35
Annual Data $0$94K
Bonus $300.00 - $6,000
Profit Sharing $21.14 - $49,665
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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$32,494 - $94,982
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,153

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Job Description for Pipefitter

A pipefitter installs and fits various piping for commercial and residential use. The pipes are often meant to deal with high pressure, so it is important that the job is done right. The pipefitter will often personally have to plan the layout and design of piping systems, so that they fit in a customized manner. The pipes and related equipment used will usually be chosen by the pipefitter.

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Pipefitter Tasks

  • Handle and install pipes of various materials.
  • Test equipment and piping for pressure and leaks.
  • Visually inspect pressure and vacuum gauges and recommend repair work if necessary.
  • Install, inspect and maintain repairs or replace pipes, pipelines filters, steam traps and strainers valves.

Common Career Paths for Pipefitter


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As Pipefitters make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Maintenance Pipefitter position pays around the same amount as the Pipefitter job on average. Pipefitters most often move into Plumber or Sprinkler Fitter roles. However, the former pays $4K less on average, and the latter pays $10K less.

Pipefitter Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Pipefitter


Bechtel Corporation leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $74K.

Popular Skills for Pipefitter


Pipefitters seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with rigging, Welder, and Pipefitter are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 70 percent, 63 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Plumbing and Pipe Fitter as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. The majority of those who know Blueprints also know Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW).

Pay by Experience Level for Pipefitter

Pay by Experience for a Pipefitter has a positive trend. An entry-level Pipefitter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 569 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Pipefitter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 400 salaries. An experienced Pipefitter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 365 salaries. A Pipefitter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 221 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,398

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Pipefitters, 66 percent above the national average. Pipefitters will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+26 percent), Phoenix (+24 percent), Detroit (+8 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cincinnati, which sits 32 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Workers in Charlotte and Norfolk earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (24 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).

Pipefitter Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Pipefitter?

Pipefitter in Baton Rouge:
Pros: Nothing about it isn't good.
Cons: Nothing I just don't like my job.

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Key Stats for Pipefitter

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 140 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Pipefitter Salaries

▲22%

▲13%

▲6%

National Average
$56,000

▼22%

Skills That Affect Pipefitter Salaries

rigging
▲68%

Welder
▲60%

Pipefitter
▲11%



brazing
▲6%

▲4%

Layout
▲3%

▲2%

▲2%

National Average
$56,000

Pipe Fitter
▼16%

Plumbing
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 23%
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