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Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters Salary Information

The salary statistics of pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29,590
25th Percentile Wage
$37,460
50th Percentile Wage
$50,300
75th Percentile Wage
$67,150
90th Percentile Wage
$88,420

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is $88,420. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,300. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,590. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 198% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201650,3001.91%5.65%
201549,3400.47%-
201449,1101.28%-
201348,4802.10%-
201247,460--

Table 2. Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in 17 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $70,880. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $42,520).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$70,880
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$61,090
Utilities
$59,800
Health Care and Social Assistance
$57,830
Transportation and Warehousing
$56,200
Manufacturing
$55,970
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$54,890
Mining
$52,930
Educational Services
$52,790
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$51,340
Construction
$50,090
Accommodation and Food Services
$49,920
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$49,910
Wholesale Trade
$47,860
Federal, State, and Local Government
$47,360
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$44,890
Retail Trade
$42,520


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