Salary for Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters

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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 can receive a salary somewhere between 40000 - 60000 based on experience and talent. Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters can receive a salary of Fifty Thousand Five Hundred dollars yearly.

Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters make the most money in Illinois, where they receive an average salary rate of close to about $67610. Employees in this career are paid most highly in Management of Companies and Enterprises, where they can receive normal pay levels of $66500.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 14.28 percent nationwide in that time.


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

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Health Care and Social Assistance
Transportation and Warehousing
Educational Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Retail Trade
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Wholesale Trade
Accommodation and Food Services