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Highest Paying Industries for Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

The top 100 highest paying industries for 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 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 plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for 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
$68,270
870
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 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$61,660
240
26 Hospitals - Local government owned
$61,660
240
27 Rail Transportation
$61,290
190
28 Natural Gas Distribution
$60,960
5,050
29 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$59,880
1,360
30 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$59,710
340
31 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$59,640
90
32 Real Estate
$58,960
370
33 Utilities
$58,930
7,450
34 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$58,790
50
35 Security Systems Services
$58,790
770
36 Investigation and Security Services
$58,790
770
37 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$58,440
200
38 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$58,090
1,370
39 Other Building Equipment Contractors
$57,950
3,380
40 Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers
$57,540
70
41 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$57,230
390
42 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$57,010
1,060
43 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$56,730
1,660
44 Oil and Gas Extraction
$56,660
150
45 Educational Services - Privately owned
$56,540
1,800
46 Engineering Services
$56,310
770
47 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$56,090
70
48 Lessors of Real Estate
$56,010
160
49 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$55,190
1,800
50 Drywall and Insulation Contractors
$54,800
40
51 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$54,780
110
52 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$54,780
2,060
53 Hospitals - Privately owned
$54,760
1,530
54 Health Care and Social Assistance
$54,590
2,110
55 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$54,460
1,630
56 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$54,420
1,460
57 Coal Mining
$54,330
n/a
58 Grain and Oilseed Milling
$54,320
80
59 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$54,290
8,790
60 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$54,190
180
61 Food Manufacturing
$54,180
140
62 Educational Support Services - Local government owned
$54,090
100
63 Tobacco Manufacturing
$53,930
40
64 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$53,800
140
65 Educational Support Services
$53,680
n/a
66 Manufacturing
$53,630
14,800
67 Federal government, including USPS
$53,330
3,400
68 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$53,330
3,380
69 Casino Hotels
$53,290
140
70 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$53,180
1,030
71 Junior colleges - Local government owned
$52,960
190
72 Facilities Support Services
$52,630
370
73 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$52,340
1,390
74 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$52,140
3,900
75 Commercial and Industrial Machinery Equipment (except Auto and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
$51,500
1,010
76 Mining
$51,500
2,740
77 Transportation and Warehousing
$51,300
1,260
78 Nonresidential Building Construction
$51,220
14,760
79 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$51,210
230
80 Traveler Accommodation
$51,160
230
81 Masonry Contractors
$51,110
n/a
82 Accommodation
$50,990
230
83 Accommodation and Food Services
$50,890
230
84 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$50,770
255,080
85 Building Equipment Contractors
$50,770
263,280
86 Specialty Trade Contractors
$50,630
267,610
87 Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$50,620
50
88 Hospitals - State government owned
$50,610
290
89 Construction
$50,490
304,480
90 Utility System Construction
$50,400
17,370
91 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$50,330
40
92 Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$50,070
120
93 Construction of Buildings
$50,070
17,860
94 State government, including schools and hospitals
$50,000
4,250
95 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$49,910
120
96 Repair and Maintenance
$49,880
1,120
97 Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$49,860
790
98 Educational Services
$49,830
7,290
99 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$49,780
810
100 Rubber Product Manufacturing
$49,710
120
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