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 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$31,470|
|25th Percentile Wage||$39,470|
|50th Percentile Wage||$52,590|
|75th Percentile Wage||$69,710|
|90th Percentile Wage||$91,810|
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 $91,810. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $52,590. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,470. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 191% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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 $70,820. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $43,010).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
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 $19,480 to $82,380. The highest paying state for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is Illinois with a median annual salary of $82,380. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $19,480. 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|
|New York|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |