Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

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

Average Annual Salary of Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,830
25th Percentile Wage
$43,930
50th Percentile Wage
$55,980
75th Percentile Wage
$68,540
90th Percentile Wage
$78,460

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in the industry sector of manufacturing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is $78,460. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $55,980. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is $34,830.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201655,9803.43%5.23%
201554,0600.80%-
201453,630-0.19%-
201353,7301.27%-
201253,050--

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

The average salaries of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in 47 industries in the manufacturing sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters occupations is the aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry with an annual salary $74,290. The lowest paying industry is the other wood product manufacturing industry (annual salary $34,840). For detailed plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$74,290
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$72,250
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$72,020
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$69,510
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$67,230
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$67,230
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$65,500
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$64,820
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$64,620
Paper Manufacturing
$63,630
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$63,200
Chemical Manufacturing
$63,180
Foundries
$62,800
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$62,650
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$62,420
Rubber Product Manufacturing
$61,670
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$61,320
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$57,370
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$56,880
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$56,710
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$55,210
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$55,050
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$54,150
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$53,570
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$53,400
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
$53,350
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$52,430
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$51,970
Ship and Boat Building
$51,640
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$50,580
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$49,910
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$48,690
Food Manufacturing
$48,600
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
$48,580
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$48,160
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
$47,790
Machinery Manufacturing
$46,460
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
$46,140
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$45,500
Machine Shops
$45,500
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$44,730
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$44,140
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$43,150
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$41,600
Household Appliance Manufacturing
$36,960
Wood Product Manufacturing
$36,850
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
$34,840

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].




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