Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters Salary in Sector of Construction

The salary statistics of pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in the industry sector of construction are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters salaries in different industries within the construction sector.

Average Annual Salary of Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,420
25th Percentile Wage
$38,030
50th Percentile Wage
$51,100
75th Percentile Wage
$68,470
90th Percentile Wage
$91,930

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in the industry sector of construction. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is $91,930. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $51,100. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is $30,420.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$51,100
1.98% 6.97%
2016
$50,090
1.78% -
2015
$49,200
0.06% -
2014
$49,170
1.02% -
2013
$48,670
2.32% -
2012
$47,540
- -

Compare Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters Salary in Different Industries within the Construction Sector

The average salaries of pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in 22 industries in the construction sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters occupations is the roofing contractors industry with an annual salary $83,470. The lowest paying industry is the land subdivision industry (annual salary $34,180). For detailed pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Roofing Contractors
$83,470
Other Building Equipment Contractors
$68,940
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
$59,670
Nonresidential Building Construction
$58,300
Construction of Buildings
$56,750
Building Finishing Contractors
$56,490
Building Equipment Contractors
$51,710
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$51,570
Specialty Trade Contractors
$51,510
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$50,880
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$50,790
Masonry Contractors
$50,570
Residential Building Construction
$49,530
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$49,050
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$48,460
Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
$44,930
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
$44,830
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$42,820
Utility System Construction
$42,710
Other Specialty Trade Contractors
$40,920
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$37,880
Land Subdivision
$34,180

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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