Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

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Total Workforce

499k

Average Age

40.3

Average Salary

$52,126

Average Male Salary

$52,124

Average Female Salary

$52,219

About

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are most often employed by the Construction industry. The average yearly wage for Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters was $52,126 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters by wage are Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers, Riggers, and Paralegals & legal assistants.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are Norman, Oklahoma City (South) & Moore Cities PUMA, OK, Commerce City & Brighton Cities PUMA, CO, and Greeley, Windsor & Evans Cities PUMA, CO. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are Shawnee (Outside Topeka City), Osage, Jackson, Brown & Wabaunsee Counties PUMA, KS, Port Arthur City PUMA, TX, and Granville, Person & Caswell Counties PUMA, NC.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters and on wages and locations for those in the field. Construction is the industry that employs the most Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters, by average wage, is Motor vehicles & motor vehicle equipment manufacturing. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are paid most in Brookhaven Town (South) PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Shawnee (Outside Topeka City), Osage, Jackson, Brown & Wabaunsee Counties PUMA, KS.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$52,126

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,321

In 2018, Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters earned an average of $52,126, $1,763 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers make somewhat more than Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters while Paralegals & legal assistants make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.327

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.327, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters, by number of employees, are Construction, Water, steam, air-conditioning, & irrigation systems, and Natural gas distribution.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters, by average wage, are Motor vehicles & motor vehicle equipment manufacturing, Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals, and Pulp, paper, & paperboard mills .

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Industries by Share

499k

2018 Workforce

± 17,310

This graphic shows the share of Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters at  79.6%, followed by Water, steam, air-conditioning, & irrigation systems with 2.55% and Natural gas distribution with 1.59%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in the US. The average age of male Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in the workforce is 40.3 and of female Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is 42, and the most common race/ethnicity for Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

491k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 17,169

8.09k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 2,209

98.4% of Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

  2. White (Hispanic)

  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

65.6% of Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 16% of Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters.

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Age by Gender

40.3

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.45

42

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 3.38

The median age of Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is 40.3, and Male employees are generally 1.76 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is Business but a relatively high number of Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters hold a major in Construction.

Majors

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