Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
428,260 1.2 % $27.44 $57,070 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.13 $18.97 $25.28 $33.52 $44.14
Annual Wage (2) $31,470 $39,470 $52,590 $69,710 $91,810


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 311,690 15.12 $27.47 $57,140
Nonresidential Building Construction 16,560 2.12 $29.40 $61,160
Utility System Construction 15,280 3.00 $25.70 $53,450
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 11,360 0.21 $26.72 $55,580
Employment Services 6,850 0.19 $24.01 $49,940

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 311,690 15.12 $27.47 $57,140
Natural Gas Distribution 4,800 4.27 $31.79 $66,130
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1,160 4.01 $30.15 $62,700
Ship and Boat Building 5,320 3.97 $25.43 $52,900
Utility System Construction 15,280 3.00 $25.70 $53,450

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 30 0.04 $40.69 $84,640
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 530 0.14 $38.08 $79,210
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $37.99 $79,030
Metal Ore Mining 130 0.33 $36.21 $75,310
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 430 0.09 $36.04 $74,960


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 47,600 2.85 0.95 $27.99 $58,220
Texas 42,050 3.54 1.18 $23.38 $48,620
New York 27,410 2.98 0.99 $37.49 $77,990
Florida 24,200 2.87 0.96 $20.83 $43,320
Illinois 16,470 2.78 0.92 $37.29 $77,570




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 10,850 5.70 1.90 $25.45 $52,930
North Dakota 1,760 4.23 1.41 $24.01 $49,950
Oklahoma 6,600 4.19 1.40 $23.36 $48,600
Montana 1,890 4.11 1.37 $30.70 $63,860
Nebraska 3,900 4.02 1.34 $25.42 $52,880




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 2,050 3.25 1.08 $38.16 $79,380
New York 27,410 2.98 0.99 $37.49 $77,990
Illinois 16,470 2.78 0.92 $37.29 $77,570
Alaska 1,260 3.97 1.32 $35.35 $73,530
Oregon 5,340 2.92 0.97 $35.29 $73,400



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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 18,050 2.70 0.90 $37.19 $77,360
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 12,020 4.10 1.37 $25.88 $53,820
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 10,080 2.75 0.92 $39.24 $81,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,950 2.02 0.67 $26.06 $54,200
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 8,670 3.48 1.16 $23.32 $48,500
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 7,060 2.80 0.93 $28.19 $58,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,950 2.65 0.88 $23.16 $48,180
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 5,910 4.53 1.51 $45.99 $95,650
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 5,900 3.21 1.07 $34.77 $72,320
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,640 2.92 0.97 $36.38 $75,670


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lake Charles, LA 2,100 18.75 6.24 $28.86 $60,030
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 980 11.33 3.77 $28.59 $59,460
Odessa, TX 640 9.37 3.12 $20.21 $42,030
Baton Rouge, LA 3,570 9.12 3.03 $26.80 $55,740
Midland, MI 300 8.69 2.89 $25.06 $52,120
Kokomo, IN 340 8.62 2.87 $34.11 $70,950
Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY 430 7.93 2.64 $26.19 $54,480
Homosassa Springs, FL 250 7.78 2.59 $19.73 $41,030
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 1,140 7.59 2.53 $23.94 $49,790
Ocean City, NJ 290 7.39 2.46 $33.99 $70,700