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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,950
25th Percentile Wage
$39,080
50th Percentile Wage
$53,120
75th Percentile Wage
$69,900
90th Percentile Wage
$97,720

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 $97,720. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $53,120. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,950.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$53,120
-2.15% -4.44%
2016
$54,260
-0.52% -
2015
$54,540
-5.15% -
2014
$57,350
-0.16% -
2013
$57,440
3.41% -
2012
$55,480
- -

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 $32,840 to $69,500. The highest paying area for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in California is Vallejo-Fairfield with a median annual salary of $69,500. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Santa Rosa-Petaluma (mean annual salary $67,040). The lowest paying area is Merced with a median annual salary of $32,840.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Vallejo-Fairfield
$69,500
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$67,040
Yuba City
$64,250
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$63,690
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$62,320
Hanford-Corcoran
$61,980
Salinas
$61,020
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$59,420
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$59,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$58,750
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$57,520
Redding
$56,730
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$56,580
Madera-Chowchilla
$56,170
Stockton
$54,770
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$53,900
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$53,610
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$53,390
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$53,360
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$51,950
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$51,900
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$51,890
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$51,810
Fresno
$51,550
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$51,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$50,190
El Centro
$50,100
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$48,530
Napa
$48,140
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$47,890
Visalia-Porterville
$46,840
Bakersfield-Delano
$46,050
Modesto
$39,300
Chico
$35,120
Merced
$32,840




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