Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
372,570 1.2 % $26.26 $54,620 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.17 $18.17 $24.36 $32.77 $42.38
Annual Wage (2) $29,470 $37,790 $50,660 $68,160 $88,160


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 263,280 14.57 $26.71 $55,560
Utility System Construction 17,370 3.73 $25.24 $52,500
Nonresidential Building Construction 14,760 2.14 $25.33 $52,690
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,540 0.22 $24.42 $50,790
Ship and Boat Building 5,220 3.87 $22.55 $46,900

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 263,280 14.57 $26.71 $55,560
Natural Gas Distribution 5,050 4.59 $30.02 $62,450
Ship and Boat Building 5,220 3.87 $22.55 $46,900
Utility System Construction 17,370 3.73 $25.24 $52,500
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 1,530 3.16 $22.45 $46,700

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 430 0.94 $37.15 $77,260
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 30 0.03 $36.70 $76,330
Spectator Sports 90 0.06 $35.99 $74,870
Waste Treatment and Disposal 80 0.09 $33.14 $68,930
Scientific Research and Development Services 180 0.03 $32.96 $68,550


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 34,870 2.31 0.84 $29.89 $62,170
Texas 34,460 3.07 1.11 $21.49 $44,690
New York 24,980 2.83 1.03 $34.19 $71,120
Florida 18,590 2.42 0.88 $18.59 $38,660
Illinois 16,040 2.78 1.01 $34.53 $71,810



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 1,810 5.58 2.02 $33.88 $70,480
Montana 2,060 4.65 1.69 $25.14 $52,300
Wyoming 1,250 4.42 1.60 $20.61 $42,860
Louisiana 8,470 4.42 1.60 $21.99 $45,730
North Dakota 1,930 4.38 1.59 $24.56 $51,090



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 4,870 2.89 1.05 $34.83 $72,440
Illinois 16,040 2.78 1.01 $34.53 $71,810
Massachusetts 9,650 2.90 1.05 $34.26 $71,270
New York 24,980 2.83 1.03 $34.19 $71,120
Alaska 1,810 5.58 2.02 $33.88 $70,480




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 13,710 2.54 0.92 $35.23 $73,280
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 11,640 4.09 1.48 $23.05 $47,940
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 9,980 2.66 0.96 $36.06 $75,010
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,590 1.87 0.68 $31.07 $64,620
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 6,140 2.58 0.94 $26.73 $55,590
Baltimore-Towson, MD 6,070 4.69 1.70 $25.52 $53,070
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,740 3.14 1.14 $34.22 $71,170
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,540 2.47 0.90 $19.12 $39,770
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 5,410 4.28 1.55 $39.49 $82,140
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 5,300 2.95 1.07 $39.16 $81,450