Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
351,380 1.2 % $25.88 $53,820 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.23 $18.04 $24.13 $32.29 $41.40
Annual Wage (2) $29,590 $37,530 $50,180 $67,150 $86,120


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 242,720 14.08 $26.37 $54,850
Utility System Construction 18,100 4.05 $24.87 $51,730
Nonresidential Building Construction 14,600 2.19 $25.37 $52,780
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,880 0.22 $23.47 $48,820
Natural Gas Distribution 5,540 5.08 $27.68 $57,580

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 242,720 14.08 $26.37 $54,850
Natural Gas Distribution 5,540 5.08 $27.68 $57,580
Utility System Construction 18,100 4.05 $24.87 $51,730
Ship and Boat Building 5,170 3.95 $23.33 $48,530
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 1,490 3.12 $22.34 $46,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries (8) (8) $38.22 $79,510
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 990 0.25 $32.95 $68,530
Beverage Manufacturing 30 0.02 $31.91 $66,360
Metal Ore Mining 190 0.42 $31.57 $65,670
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 220 0.08 $31.56 $65,650


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 31,830 2.16 0.82 $30.04 $62,490
Texas 31,740 2.91 1.10 $22.44 $46,680
New York 22,220 2.57 0.97 $33.45 $69,580
Florida 16,580 2.23 0.84 $18.41 $38,300
Pennsylvania 16,010 2.85 1.08 $25.70 $53,460




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 1,630 5.05 1.91 $34.57 $71,900
Montana 1,920 4.38 1.65 $25.33 $52,680
Louisiana 7,870 4.17 1.58 $21.69 $45,120
Maryland 10,500 4.14 1.56 $26.85 $55,850
Indiana 11,090 3.89 1.47 $26.92 $56,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,630 5.05 1.91 $34.57 $71,900
New York 22,220 2.57 0.97 $33.45 $69,580
Massachusetts 8,900 2.73 1.03 $33.20 $69,060
Oregon 4,380 2.67 1.01 $32.77 $68,160
Illinois 14,010 2.46 0.93 $32.62 $67,860





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 11,910 2.27 0.86 $34.85 $72,480
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 11,200 4.06 1.53 $24.25 $50,430
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 8,540 2.31 0.87 $34.21 $71,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,770 1.95 0.74 $31.42 $65,350
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 6,410 2.71 1.02 $27.81 $57,850
Baltimore-Towson, MD 5,730 4.48 1.69 $25.02 $52,050
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,010 2.80 1.06 $33.70 $70,100
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,950 2.83 1.07 $37.78 $78,570
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 4,760 3.85 1.45 $39.65 $82,460
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 4,590 2.58 0.97 $25.12 $52,250