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What You Need to Know About Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter

Career Description Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. May install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems. Includes sprinklerfitters.

  • Hydraulic Plumber
  • Industrial Gas Fitter
  • Fire Sprinkler Installer
  • Solar Thermal Installer
  • Marine Steamfitter

Are There Job Opportunities for Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters?

There were about 480,600 jobs for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 15.6% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 75,200 new jobs for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter by 2026. There will be an estimated 61,000 positions for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter are Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, Alaska, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Do Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters Make A Lot Of Money?

The typical yearly salary for Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters is somewhere between $32,100 and $93,700.

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Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters who work in Illinois, Alaska, or Minnesota, make the highest salaries.

How much do Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $45,260
Alaska $75,520
Arizona $48,950
Arkansas $43,540
California $61,410
Colorado $53,350
Connecticut $63,780
Delaware $61,640
District of Columbia $69,800
Florida $44,200
Georgia $48,680
Hawaii $73,810
Idaho $47,320
Illinois $79,400
Indiana $60,030
Iowa $52,060
Kansas $55,140
Kentucky $55,890
Louisiana $54,940
Maine $50,830
Maryland $60,610
Massachusetts $70,320
Michigan $61,620
Minnesota $74,220
Mississippi $45,280
Missouri $63,550
Montana $60,940
Nebraska $55,110
Nevada $55,600
New Hampshire $55,180
New Jersey $71,370
New Mexico $45,420
New York $73,820
North Carolina $43,750
North Dakota $53,800
Ohio $55,640
Oklahoma $50,710
Oregon $73,810
Pennsylvania $60,380
South Carolina $44,970
South Dakota $43,600
Tennessee $48,850
Texas $49,180
Utah $51,970
Vermont $51,210
Virginia $50,330
Washington $67,090
West Virginia $60,000
Wisconsin $68,510
Wyoming $53,550

Where Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters Work

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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