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What is a Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter?

Example of Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Job 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.

  • Sprinkler Fitter
  • Master Plumber
  • Gas Plumber
  • Gas Main Fitter
  • Water Pump Installer

Job Demand for Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 480,600 jobs in the United States for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 15.6% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 75,200 new jobs for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 61,000 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter are Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, Alaska, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Make?

The typical yearly salary for Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters is somewhere between $32,100 and $93,700.


Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters who work in Illinois, Alaska, or Minnesota, make the highest salaries.

How much do Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $45,260
Alaska $75,520
Arizona $48,950
Arkansas $43,540
California $61,410
Colorado $53,350
Connecticut $63,780
Delaware $61,640
District of Columbia $69,800
Florida $44,200
Georgia $48,680
Hawaii $73,810
Idaho $47,320
Illinois $79,400
Indiana $60,030
Iowa $52,060
Kansas $55,140
Kentucky $55,890
Louisiana $54,940
Maine $50,830
Maryland $60,610
Massachusetts $70,320
Michigan $61,620
Minnesota $74,220
Mississippi $45,280
Missouri $63,550
Montana $60,940
Nebraska $55,110
Nevada $55,600
New Hampshire $55,180
New Jersey $71,370
New Mexico $45,420
New York $73,820
North Carolina $43,750
North Dakota $53,800
Ohio $55,640
Oklahoma $50,710
Oregon $73,810
Pennsylvania $60,380
South Carolina $44,970
South Dakota $43,600
Tennessee $48,850
Texas $49,180
Utah $51,970
Vermont $51,210
Virginia $50,330
Washington $67,090
West Virginia $60,000
Wisconsin $68,510
Wyoming $53,550

Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters Sector


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