The average hourly pay for a Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter is $28.93.
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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 licens…Read more
Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Tasks
- Assemble, alter, repair, and remove pipes, faucets, toilets, and their fittings.
- Test plumbing systems and identify leaks or other problems.
- Read blueprints to identify service panels, access appropriate areas, and diagnose problems.
- Clear drain lines, remove blockages, and ensure proper performance.
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Popular Skills for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter
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Skills in Pipe Welding, Systems Troubleshooting and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Welding and Plumbing.
Pay by Experience Level for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter
An early career Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $20.16 based on 31 salaries. A mid-career Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $25.86 based on 66 salaries. An experienced Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $32.24 based on 80 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $32.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter in their job title in Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 53.6% more than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in Portland, Oregon (38.7% less), Phoenix, Arizona (30.9% less) and Houston, Texas (8.4% less).
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