Plumbers

General Information

Description

Assemble, install, or repair pipes, fittings, or fixtures of heating, water, or drainage systems, according to specifications or plumbing codes.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit77.62%
  2. Self-employed13.50%
  3. State and local government5.69%
  4. Private, not for profit1.66%
  5. Federal government1.28%

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 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, 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

$52,440

Military salary*

$55,680

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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 60%
  • High school 31%
  • Associate's degree 4%
  • Less than high school 3%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Building and Construction
  • Design
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Engineering and Technology

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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