Salary for Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters

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This occupation has now been updated to Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

Also known as:  Fire Sprinkler Installer, Gas Main Fitter, Gas Plumber, Hydraulic Plumber, Industrial Gas Fitter, Marine Pipefitter, Marine Steamfitter, Master Plumber, Pipe Fitter, Plumber helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Pipefitters and steamfitters repair, install and maintain pipes that carry liquids and gases- such as water, air and steam- through homes, schools, businesses and other locations. Pipefitting and steamfitting can be strenuous as workers must utilize tight spaces and are often required to lift and carry heavy objects. To become a pipefitter or steamfitter, one must first earn his or her high school diploma or GED. Most states require pipefitters and steamfitters to hold an official license to be able to practice. Employers will often certify pipefitters and steamfitters through their own apprenticeship programs, but many vocational schools have pipefitting and steamfitting programs as well.

A Pipe Fitter or Steamfitter will normally receive an average salary on a scale from $33,460 and $98,990 depending on experience and talent. will normally receive an average compensation of sixty-one thousand one hundred dollars every year.

can get the best pay in Alaska, which has average wages of close to about $88,150. Employees who work in this job make the greatest compensation in Management of Companies and Enterprises, where they can earn job pay of $71,860.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 38.40 percent nationwide in that time.


Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
Transportation and Warehousing
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Health Care and Social Assistance
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Retail Trade
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Wholesale Trade
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
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