Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

General Information

Description

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 sprinkler fitters.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit76.38%
  2. Self-employed13.77%
  3. State and local government6.12%
  4. Private, not for profit2.22%
  5. Federal government1.31%

Job Outlook

Employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite limited employment growth, about 51,000 openings for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$56,330

Military salary*

$50,142

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State-by-state Salary

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$93,060
$35,730
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Education

Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Building and Construction
  • Design
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
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