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Highest Paying Industries for Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

The top 100 highest paying industries for pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $76,650, waste treatment and disposal is the highest paying industry for pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters. It is followed by metal ore mining industry (average annual salary $76,380). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$76,650
80
2 Metal Ore Mining
$76,380
430
3 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$74,830
470
4 Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$71,510
30
5 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$70,740
120
6 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$70,690
180
7 Scientific Research and Development Services
$70,690
180
8 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$69,470
530
9 Spectator Sports
$69,360
90
10 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$68,760
1,340
11 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$68,150
880
12 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$67,710
1,290
13 Beverage Manufacturing
$66,020
50
14 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$65,380
60
15 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$65,320
130
16 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$65,110
310
17 Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$64,700
50
18 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$64,320
600
19 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$63,900
100
20 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$63,130
750
21 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$62,800
80
22 Paper Manufacturing
$62,730
670
23 Chemical Manufacturing
$62,440
620
24 Activities Related to Real Estate
$62,260
140
25 Natural Gas Distribution
$61,680
5,590
26 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$61,660
240
27 Hospitals - Local government owned
$61,660
240
28 Rail Transportation
$61,290
190
29 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$59,640
90
30 Real Estate
$58,960
370
31 Security Systems Services
$58,790
770
32 Investigation and Security Services
$58,790
770
33 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$58,420
50
34 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$58,040
1,370
35 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$57,860
400
36 Utilities
$57,760
8,670
37 Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers
$57,540
70
38 Other Building Equipment Contractors
$57,480
3,560
39 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$57,230
390
40 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$57,010
1,060
41 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$56,730
1,660
42 Oil and Gas Extraction
$56,660
150
43 Educational Services - Privately owned
$56,510
1,810
44 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$56,220
n/a
45 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$56,090
70
46 Lessors of Real Estate
$56,010
160
47 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$55,200
1,810
48 Drywall and Insulation Contractors
$54,800
40
49 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$54,790
2,060
50 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$54,780
110
51 Hospitals - Privately owned
$54,770
1,540
52 Health Care and Social Assistance
$54,630
2,120
53 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$54,430
1,460
54 Coal Mining
$54,330
n/a
55 Grain and Oilseed Milling
$54,320
80
56 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$54,290
8,800
57 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$54,190
180
58 Food Manufacturing
$54,180
140
59 Educational Support Services - Local government owned
$54,090
100
60 Tobacco Manufacturing
$53,930
40
61 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$53,800
140
62 Educational Support Services
$53,680
n/a
63 Manufacturing
$53,620
14,810
64 Casino Hotels
$53,350
140
65 Federal government, including USPS
$53,330
3,400
66 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$53,330
3,380
67 Engineering Services
$53,080
930
68 Junior colleges - Local government owned
$52,960
190
69 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$52,350
1,830
70 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$52,340
4,030
71 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$52,330
1,390
72 Facilities Support Services
$52,290
370
73 Commercial and Industrial Machinery Equipment (except Auto and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
$51,500
1,010
74 Traveler Accommodation
$51,270
230
75 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$51,210
230
76 Accommodation
$51,110
230
77 Accommodation and Food Services
$51,010
230
78 Nonresidential Building Construction
$50,990
15,700
79 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$50,850
1,790
80 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$50,740
1,190
81 Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$50,620
50
82 Hospitals - State government owned
$50,610
290
83 Masonry Contractors
$50,570
n/a
84 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$50,550
259,050
85 Building Equipment Contractors
$50,540
267,590
86 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$50,330
40
87 State government, including schools and hospitals
$50,180
4,380
88 Specialty Trade Contractors
$50,080
275,910
89 Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$50,070
120
90 Educational Services
$49,960
7,430
91 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$49,910
120
92 Repair and Maintenance
$49,880
1,120
93 Rubber Product Manufacturing
$49,710
120
94 Construction of Buildings
$49,710
18,960
95 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$49,660
210
96 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$49,440
1,710
97 Support Activities for Transportation
$49,400
60
98 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$49,280
130
99 Construction
$49,170
331,650
100 Educational Services - State government owned
$49,120
2,700