Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

47-2152 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

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.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
340,370 1.2 % $25.46 $52,950 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.95 $17.72 $23.62 $31.75 $40.60
Annual Wage (2) $29,020 $36,860 $49,140 $66,050 $84,440


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 233,730 14.06 $25.76 $53,580
Nonresidential Building Construction 16,270 2.48 $27.55 $57,300
Utility System Construction 14,730 3.51 $23.50 $48,870
Local Government (OES Designation) 12,340 0.23 $23.60 $49,090
Ship and Boat Building 5,770 4.58 $22.65 $47,110

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 233,730 14.06 $25.76 $53,580
Natural Gas Distribution 5,130 4.81 $26.76 $55,660
Ship and Boat Building 5,770 4.58 $22.65 $47,110
Utility System Construction 14,730 3.51 $23.50 $48,870
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 1,450 3.03 $23.16 $48,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 60 0.02 $35.11 $73,030
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,210 0.30 $32.84 $68,310
Foundries 120 0.09 $32.82 $68,270
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel (8) (8) $32.59 $67,790
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 70 0.01 $32.34 $67,280


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 31,570 2.98 1.14 $21.96 $45,670
California 29,780 2.08 0.80 $29.05 $60,420
New York 21,580 2.53 0.97 $32.75 $68,120
Pennsylvania 16,260 2.90 1.11 $24.74 $51,450
Florida 15,360 2.11 0.81 $19.43 $40,400




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,650 5.19 1.99 $34.42 $71,600
Maryland 10,960 4.37 1.67 $27.81 $57,840
Indiana 10,880 3.87 1.48 $27.57 $57,340
Louisiana 7,130 3.82 1.46 $21.35 $44,400
Rhode Island 1,700 3.75 1.44 $27.64 $57,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,650 5.19 1.99 $34.42 $71,600
New York 21,580 2.53 0.97 $32.75 $68,120
Illinois 13,160 2.33 0.89 $32.44 $67,470
Massachusetts 8,140 2.54 0.97 $32.18 $66,940
New Jersey 8,180 2.16 0.83 $31.04 $64,560





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 11,600 2.25 0.86 $33.28 $69,220
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 9,440 3.58 1.37 $24.62 $51,200
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 7,040 1.93 0.74 $34.04 $70,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,920 1.79 0.68 $31.89 $66,330
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 6,780 2.89 1.11 $26.87 $55,890
Baltimore-Towson, MD 6,170 4.90 1.87 $26.08 $54,260
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,950 2.36 0.90 $21.39 $44,500
Pittsburgh, PA 4,810 4.27 1.63 $25.11 $52,240
St. Louis, MO-IL 4,790 3.76 1.44 $31.79 $66,120
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,660 2.06 0.79 $22.22 $46,210