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Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters Salary Information

The salary statistics of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The 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. Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,430
25th Percentile Wage
$38,530
50th Percentile Wage
$51,450
75th Percentile Wage
$68,770
90th Percentile Wage
$90,530

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is $90,530. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $51,450. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,430. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 197% 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 plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201651,4501.61%4.49%
201550,620-0.08%-
201450,6600.95%-
201350,1802.07%-
201249,140--

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

The average salaries of 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 plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $71,760. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $42,980).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$71,760
Utilities
$62,520
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$61,360
Transportation and Warehousing
$58,490
Health Care and Social Assistance
$57,780
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$56,840
Manufacturing
$55,980
Mining
$54,880
Educational Services
$52,940
Federal, State, and Local Government
$52,640
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$51,340
Construction
$51,000
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$49,940
Accommodation and Food Services
$49,920
Wholesale Trade
$48,250
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$45,100
Retail Trade
$42,980

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters by States

From the above tables we note that not only plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $19,230 to $80,140. The highest paying state for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is Illinois with a median annual salary of $80,140. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $19,230. For more salary information of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Illinois
$80,140
Oregon
$74,390
Alaska
$69,630
Minnesota
$69,560
New York
$68,900
District of Columbia
$67,990
Wisconsin
$67,920
Hawaii
$64,140
Michigan
$63,610
Massachusetts
$63,440
New Jersey
$61,690
Missouri
$61,480
Connecticut
$61,030
Montana
$59,320
Washington
$59,270
Indiana
$56,780
Delaware
$56,120
West Virginia
$54,360
California
$54,260
New Hampshire
$54,250
Maryland
$54,000
North Dakota
$53,630
Ohio
$53,330
Maine
$52,880
Pennsylvania
$52,680
Vermont
$52,400
Idaho
$52,300
Rhode Island
$51,670
Utah
$51,540
Nebraska
$51,020
Louisiana
$49,510
Kentucky
$49,080
Colorado
$48,440
Wyoming
$47,790
Nevada
$47,700
Iowa
$47,580
Tennessee
$46,500
Kansas
$46,480
Oklahoma
$46,230
Arizona
$45,720
Texas
$44,940
Virginia
$44,430
Mississippi
$43,920
Georgia
$43,420
South Carolina
$42,250
Virgin Islands
$42,180
New Mexico
$42,050
South Dakota
$41,410
North Carolina
$41,280
Alabama
$39,890
Florida
$39,180
Arkansas
$37,380
Guam
$34,120
Puerto Rico
$19,230



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