Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
349,320 1.1 % $24.92 $51,830 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.61 $17.33 $22.96 $31.15 $39.57
Annual Wage (2) $28,310 $36,050 $47,750 $64,790 $82,310


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 240,120 14.69 $25.19 $52,390
Nonresidential Building Construction 17,520 2.69 $26.81 $55,770
Utility System Construction 14,250 3.59 $23.04 $47,910
Local Government (OES Designation) 12,980 0.23 $23.06 $47,970
Ship and Boat Building 5,910 4.77 $21.43 $44,570

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 240,120 14.69 $25.19 $52,390
Ship and Boat Building 5,910 4.77 $21.43 $44,570
Natural Gas Distribution 5,090 4.69 $25.78 $53,630
Utility System Construction 14,250 3.59 $23.04 $47,910
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 1,530 3.22 $21.99 $45,740

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 200 0.37 $32.07 $66,710
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,130 0.29 $32.01 $66,580
Foundries 120 0.10 $31.91 $66,370
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 40 0.01 $31.15 $64,800
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 1,040 0.68 $30.83 $64,140


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)
Texas 29,980 2.91 1.07 $21.19 $44,080
California 29,610 2.11 0.77 $27.57 $57,350
New York 22,130 2.63 0.96 $31.85 $66,250
Florida 19,370 2.71 0.99 $18.67 $38,840
Illinois 17,090 3.07 1.13 $31.19 $64,880




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)
Alaska 1,620 5.18 1.90 $34.64 $72,050
Louisiana 8,280 4.50 1.65 $20.88 $43,440
Nebraska 3,580 3.96 1.45 $25.18 $52,370
Wyoming 1,070 3.93 1.44 $22.10 $45,970
Maryland 9,740 3.92 1.44 $27.33 $56,850




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,620 5.18 1.90 $34.64 $72,050
Massachusetts 8,740 2.77 1.02 $31.95 $66,460
New York 22,130 2.63 0.96 $31.85 $66,250
Illinois 17,090 3.07 1.13 $31.19 $64,880
New Jersey 8,200 2.17 0.80 $30.97 $64,410





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 12,180 2.41 0.88 $33.61 $69,900
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 9,190 3.60 1.32 $23.56 $49,010
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 8,780 2.45 0.90 $31.95 $66,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,830 1.79 0.66 $28.80 $59,910
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 6,810 2.95 1.08 $25.69 $53,430
St. Louis, MO-IL 6,560 5.16 1.90 $30.61 $63,670
Baltimore-Towson, MD 4,770 3.81 1.40 $26.36 $54,830
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 4,660 3.85 1.41 $36.53 $75,990
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,640 2.27 0.83 $21.39 $44,500
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 4,550 6.35 2.33 $20.80 $43,260