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
$35,920
25th Percentile Wage
$45,420
50th Percentile Wage
$58,040
75th Percentile Wage
$71,030
90th Percentile Wage
$80,710

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 $80,710. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $58,040. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is $35,920.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$58,040
3.55% 8.60%
2016
$55,980
3.43% -
2015
$54,060
0.80% -
2014
$53,630
-0.19% -
2013
$53,730
1.27% -
2012
$53,050
- -

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

The average salaries of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in 64 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 communications equipment manufacturing industry with an annual salary $83,140. The lowest paying industry is the other wood product manufacturing industry (annual salary $34,530). For detailed plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$83,140
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$77,000
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$72,950
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$72,270
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$72,240
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$70,410
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$70,410
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$69,510
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$69,470
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$68,000
Chemical Manufacturing
$67,560
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$67,150
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$66,420
Paper Manufacturing
$65,160
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$62,880
Foundries
$62,800
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$62,650
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$62,630
Chemical Manufacturing
$61,870
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$61,320
Chemical Manufacturing
$60,570
Rubber Product Manufacturing
$60,440
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$59,960
Beverage Manufacturing
$59,690
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$58,900
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$57,370
Forging and Stamping
$56,440
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$55,350
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$55,110
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$54,150
Tobacco Manufacturing
$53,930
Ship and Boat Building
$53,850
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
$53,350
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$52,940
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$52,750
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$52,430
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$52,320
Other Food Manufacturing
$51,350
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$50,580
Machinery Manufacturing
$50,030
Machinery Manufacturing
$49,950
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$49,940
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$49,910
Food Manufacturing
$48,800
Grain and Oilseed Milling
$48,760
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$48,690
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$48,630
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
$48,580
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$48,310
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
$47,790
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$47,590
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$46,250
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$46,230
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
$46,140
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$46,120
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$46,020
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$45,500
Machine Shops
$45,500
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$44,140
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$43,910
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$41,600
Household Appliance Manufacturing
$36,960
Wood Product Manufacturing
$36,370
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
$34,530

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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