Salary for Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

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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!

Plumbers, 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. Plumbing can be strenuous as workers must utilize tight spaces and are often required to lift and carry heavy objects. To become a plumber, pipefitter or steamfitter, one must first earn his or her high school diploma or GED. Most states require plumbers to hold an official license to be able to practice. Employers will often certify plumbers through their own apprenticeship programs, but many vocational schools have plumbing programs as well.

A Plumber, Pipefitter, and Steamfitter will normally receive a salary between $33,460 and $98,990 based on experience and education levels. will normally get an average salary of sixty-one thousand one hundred dollars on an annual basis.

are paid at the highest level in Alaska, where they earn average wages of close to about $88,150. People working these jobs have the highest average potential salary 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.


Plumbers, Pipefitters, 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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