Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters

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Total Workforce

536k

Average Age

40.7

Estimated Job Growth

15.8%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$49,843

Average Male Salary

$49,865

Average Female Salary

$48,190

About

Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters are most often employed by the Construction industry. The average yearly wage for Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters was $49,843 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters by wage are Motion picture projectionists, Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers, and Maintenance workers, machinery.

Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters are part of the Construction & Extraction Occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of construction trades & extraction workers, Boilermakers, Carpenters, Carpet, floor, & tile installers & finishers, Cement masons, concrete finishers, & terrazzo workers, Construction laborers, Paving, surfacing, & tamping equipment operators, Construction equipment operators except paving, surfacing, & tamping equipment operators, Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, & tapers, Electricians, Glaziers, Insulation workers, Painters & paperhangers, Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters, Plasterers & stucco masons, Roofers, Sheet metal workers, Structural iron & steel workers, Brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, & reinforcing iron & rebar workers, Helpers, construction trades, Construction & building inspectors, Elevator installers & repairers, Fence erectors, Hazardous materials removal workers, Highway maintenance workers, Railtrack laying & maintenance equipment operators, Earth drillers, except oil & gas, Explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, & blasters, Mining machine operators, Miscellaneous extraction workers, including roof bolters & helpers, Derrick, rotary drill, & service unit operators, & roustabouts, oil, gas, & mining, and Miscellaneous construction workers, including solar photovoltaic installers, septic tank servicers & sewer pipe cleaners

The top 3 locations that employ the most Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters are Shawnee City PUMA, OK, Layton, Clearfield, Kaysville, Syracuse & Clinton Cities PUMA, UT, and Nueces County (Central)Corpus Christi City (North Central) PUMA, TX. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters are Nueces County (Central)Corpus Christi City (North Central) PUMA, TX, Shawnee City PUMA, OK, and Phoenix City (West) PUMA, AZ.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters and on wages and locations for those in the field. Construction is the industry that employs the most Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters, by average wage, is Commercial & industrial machinery & equipment repair & maintenance. Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters are paid most in Winnebago County PUMA, WI but are relatively concentrated in Nueces County (Central)Corpus Christi City (North Central) PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$49,843

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,109

In 2017, Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters earned an average of $49,843, $2,222 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Motion picture projectionists make somewhat more than Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters while Maintenance workers, machinery make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.319

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.319, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & 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 Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters

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

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & 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 Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters, by average wage, are Commercial & industrial machinery & equipment repair & maintenance, Electric & gas, and other combinations, and Pulp, paper, & paperboard mills .

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Industries by Share

536k

2017 Workforce

± 17,935

1.08%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 4.7%

The number of people employed as Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters has been growing at a rate of 1.08%, from 529,878 people in 2016 to 535,585 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters at  77.3%, followed by Water, steam, air-conditioning, & irrigation systems with 3.14% and Natural gas distribution with 2.06%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters in the US. The average age of male Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters in the workforce is 40.7 and of female Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters is 38.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters is White.

Gender Composition

529k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 17,819

6.92k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 2,043

98.7% of Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

80.3% of Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.52% of Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters.

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Age by Gender

40.7

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.421

38.9

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 3.77

The median age of Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters is 40.7, and Male employees are generally 1.86 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters need many skills, but most especially . The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters need more than the average amount of .

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters are expected to see a growth of 15.8% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

15.8%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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