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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$52,590
2.17% 6.56%
2016
$51,450
1.61% -
2015
$50,620
-0.08% -
2014
$50,660
0.95% -
2013
$50,180
2.07% -
2012
$49,140
- -

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 $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
$70,820
Utilities
$65,910
Transportation and Warehousing
$62,370
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$61,700
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$59,970
Health Care and Social Assistance
$58,950
Manufacturing
$58,040
Educational Services
$54,000
Federal, State, and Local Government
$53,750
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$52,270
Construction
$52,030
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$50,910
Accommodation and Food Services
$50,840
Wholesale Trade
$49,560
Mining
$49,170
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$46,280
Retail Trade
$43,010

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 $19,480 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
Illinois
$82,380
Oregon
$73,960
Alaska
$72,440
New York
$71,630
District of Columbia
$70,160
Minnesota
$69,040
Hawaii
$67,600
Wisconsin
$67,250
Michigan
$65,080
Montana
$64,020
Missouri
$63,480
New Jersey
$62,190
Massachusetts
$61,910
Washington
$61,140
Indiana
$60,280
Connecticut
$58,630
Rhode Island
$57,640
West Virginia
$57,360
Delaware
$57,220
Maryland
$54,750
New Hampshire
$54,220
Vermont
$53,300
California
$53,120
Utah
$52,690
Louisiana
$52,510
Idaho
$52,420
Ohio
$52,310
Pennsylvania
$51,910
Maine
$51,740
North Dakota
$51,600
Nebraska
$51,490
Colorado
$51,090
Nevada
$50,180
Iowa
$49,870
Kentucky
$49,640
Wyoming
$49,510
Texas
$47,860
Virginia
$47,270
Kansas
$47,200
Tennessee
$46,920
Arizona
$46,330
Oklahoma
$46,030
South Carolina
$44,850
Mississippi
$44,080
Georgia
$43,380
New Mexico
$42,790
North Carolina
$42,190
Virgin Islands
$42,180
Alabama
$41,980
Florida
$41,840
South Dakota
$41,090
Arkansas
$39,940
Guam
$34,220
Puerto Rico
$19,480



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