Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters

General Information

Description

Lay out, assemble, install, or maintain pipe systems, pipe supports, or related hydraulic or pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, sprinkling, or industrial production or processing systems.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Nonresidential Building Construction
  • Utility System Construction

Job Outlook

Employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Most demand for plumbers will stem from new construction and the need to maintain and repair plumbing systems in existing residences and other buildings. Employment of sprinklerfitters is expected to increase as states continue to adopt changes to building codes that require the use of fire suppression systems.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$53,910

State-by-state Salary

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$82,380
$19,480
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 43%
  • High school 36%
  • Less than high school 15%
  • Some college 3%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Building and Construction
  • Design
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Public Safety and Security

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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