Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters among California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,800
25th Percentile Wage
$39,770
50th Percentile Wage
$54,260
75th Percentile Wage
$71,320
90th Percentile Wage
$97,340

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $97,340. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $54,260. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,800.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$15.29
25th Percentile Wage
$19.12
50th Percentile Wage
$26.09
75th Percentile Wage
$34.29
90th Percentile Wage
$46.80

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $46.80. The median hourly salary is $26.09. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $15.29.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201654,260-0.52%-2.25%
201554,540-5.15%-
201457,350-0.16%-
201357,4403.41%-
201255,480--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in state of California ranges from $32,290 to $79,120. The highest paying area for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in California is Yuba City with a median annual salary of $79,120. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Vallejo-Fairfield (mean annual salary $66,710). The lowest paying area is Merced with a median annual salary of $32,290.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Yuba City
$79,120
Vallejo-Fairfield
$66,710
Salinas
$63,990
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$63,230
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$62,380
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$62,020
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$61,650
Hanford-Corcoran
$61,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$58,750
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$57,890
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$57,520
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$57,410
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$56,870
Redding
$56,850
Fresno
$55,690
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$55,370
Stockton
$55,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$54,890
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$53,650
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$52,370
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$51,950
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$49,670
Visalia-Porterville
$49,640
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$48,650
Napa
$48,390
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$47,110
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$47,050
El Centro
$46,760
Bakersfield-Delano
$46,640
Chico
$40,810
Modesto
$40,350
Madera-Chowchilla
$40,060
Merced
$32,290


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