Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
391,680 1.2 % $26.49 $55,100 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.27 $18.20 $24.34 $32.82 $43.13
Annual Wage (2) $29,680 $37,860 $50,620 $68,270 $89,720


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 278,450 14.69 $26.82 $55,790
Utility System Construction 16,230 3.37 $25.27 $52,550
Nonresidential Building Construction 14,140 1.95 $26.29 $54,670
Local Government (OES Designation) 12,000 0.22 $25.34 $52,700
Ship and Boat Building 5,670 4.10 $23.25 $48,350

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 278,450 14.69 $26.82 $55,790
Natural Gas Distribution 5,160 4.58 $30.60 $63,640
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,240 4.24 $25.84 $53,760
Ship and Boat Building 5,670 4.10 $23.25 $48,350
Utility System Construction 16,230 3.37 $25.27 $52,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 270 0.62 $37.08 $77,120
Waste Treatment and Disposal 80 0.08 $36.08 $75,040
Spectator Sports 80 0.06 $35.25 $73,320
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 40 0.03 $34.90 $72,580
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 760 0.19 $33.77 $70,240


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)
California 37,700 2.43 0.86 $28.54 $59,370
Texas 35,300 3.05 1.07 $21.94 $45,630
New York 27,550 3.07 1.08 $34.84 $72,480
Florida 20,970 2.65 0.93 $18.83 $39,170
Illinois 16,620 2.84 1.00 $34.71 $72,200



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 1,970 6.03 2.12 $33.51 $69,700
Louisiana 9,660 4.98 1.75 $22.63 $47,060
Montana 2,100 4.70 1.66 $27.42 $57,030
Wyoming 1,320 4.66 1.64 $21.89 $45,520
North Dakota 1,880 4.19 1.47 $24.81 $51,610



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 4,680 2.70 0.95 $34.96 $72,730
New York 27,550 3.07 1.08 $34.84 $72,480
Illinois 16,620 2.84 1.00 $34.71 $72,200
Massachusetts 11,070 3.26 1.15 $33.63 $69,950
Alaska 1,970 6.03 2.12 $33.51 $69,700




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 16,510 2.55 0.90 $35.22 $73,260
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 12,650 4.32 1.52 $23.86 $49,630
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 8,850 2.48 0.87 $37.01 $76,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,850 1.91 0.67 $26.53 $55,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 6,740 2.79 0.98 $27.08 $56,320
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 6,060 2.60 0.92 $20.46 $42,560
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 5,960 4.67 1.64 $42.28 $87,940
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 5,720 3.25 1.14 $37.85 $78,720
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,700 3.03 1.07 $33.84 $70,390
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 5,600 2.99 1.05 $24.82 $51,630