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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
442,870 1.1 % $28.75 $59,800 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.71 $19.82 $26.52 $35.28 $46.72
Annual Wage (2) $32,690 $41,230 $55,160 $73,380 $97,170


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 321,710 14.45 $28.95 $60,220
Utility System Construction 17,800 3.12 $26.86 $55,880
Nonresidential Building Construction 14,960 1.79 $30.59 $63,620
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 10,540 0.19 $29.08 $60,480
Employment Services 7,250 0.20 $24.51 $50,980

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 321,710 14.45 $28.95 $60,220
Ship and Boat Building 6,070 4.31 $25.23 $52,490
Natural Gas Distribution 4,430 4.05 $33.13 $68,910
Utility System Construction 17,800 3.12 $26.86 $55,880
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 900 3.02 $30.79 $64,050

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 50 0.06 $38.66 $80,410
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 860 0.22 $37.78 $78,590
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 470 0.09 $37.46 $77,920
Spectator Sports 90 0.06 $37.24 $77,470
Scientific Research and Development Services 250 0.04 $35.90 $74,670


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 47,360 2.72 0.90 $31.13 $64,740
Texas 43,240 3.48 1.15 $24.19 $50,320
New York 29,630 3.11 1.03 $35.06 $72,910
Florida 26,280 2.99 0.99 $21.68 $45,080
Illinois 17,570 2.92 0.97 $41.40 $86,120




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)
Louisiana 9,830 5.12 1.70 $26.75 $55,650
North Dakota 2,130 5.03 1.67 $26.24 $54,580
Montana 2,310 4.93 1.64 $28.11 $58,460
Oklahoma 6,410 3.96 1.31 $24.07 $50,070
Colorado 10,440 3.90 1.29 $26.14 $54,380




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 17,570 2.92 0.97 $41.40 $86,120
Alaska 1,060 3.36 1.11 $38.28 $79,610
Minnesota 9,950 3.45 1.15 $35.91 $74,700
New Jersey 8,780 2.15 0.71 $35.75 $74,360
Massachusetts 12,970 3.58 1.19 $35.56 $73,970





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 28,350 2.94 0.97 $36.25 $75,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 15,550 2.49 0.83 $27.24 $56,650
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 14,260 3.05 1.01 $43.02 $89,470
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 11,720 3.84 1.27 $26.43 $54,980
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 10,740 2.94 0.97 $24.57 $51,100
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 9,330 3.33 1.11 $36.80 $76,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 9,070 2.85 0.95 $28.23 $58,710
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 8,010 3.24 1.07 $41.94 $87,230
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 7,310 2.77 0.92 $21.99 $45,750
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 7,310 3.44 1.14 $24.71 $51,400