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.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $20.27/hr
Median: $24.57/hr
Experienced: $28.42/hr

Current Employment
1,050 (2017)

Projected Employment
1,163 (2028)

Growth for Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

2017 Jobs2028 JobsChange (2018-2028)% Change (2018-2028)

Industries Employing Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2017)% of Occupation in Industry (2017)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2017)
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors74771.2%25.6%
Federal Government, Civilian, Excluding Postal Service292.8%0.2%
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals 242.3%0.2%
Commercial and Institutional Building Construction232.2%1.8%
Residential Remodelers191.8%1.5%

Occupational Skills

  • Cut, thread, or hammer pipes to specifications, using tools such as saws, cutting torches, pipe threaders, or pipe benders
  • Assemble pipe sections, tubing, or fittings, using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement, plastic solvent, caulking, or soldering, brazing, or welding equipment
  • Lay out full scale drawings of pipe systems, supports, or related equipment, according to blueprints
  • Install pipe assemblies, fittings, valves, appliances such as dishwashers or water heaters, or fixtures such as sinks or toilets, using hand or power tools
  • Assemble or secure pipes, tubes, fittings, or related equipment, according to specifications, by welding, brazing, cementing, soldering, or threading joints