Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters

Detailed Occupation

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2017 Workforce
504k
Average Age
40.6
Average Salary
$48,864
Average Male Salary
$48,907
Average Female Salary
$45,966

About

Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters are most often employed by the Construction industry. The average yearly wage for Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters was $48,864 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters by wage are Agricultural inspectors, Sailors & marine oilers, & ship engineers, and Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters are Baytown City PUMA, TX, Orange & Hardin Counties PUMA, TX, and Pasadena City (North & Central)Inside Beltway TX-8 PUMA, TX. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters are Baytown City PUMA, TX, Pasadena City (North & Central)Inside Beltway TX-8 PUMA, TX, and Liberty & Chambers Counties PUMA, TX.

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 Motor vehicles & motor vehicle equipment manufacturing. Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters are paid most in Stamford & Greenwich Towns PUMA, CT but are relatively concentrated in Baytown City PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$48,864
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,183

In 2017, Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters earned an average of $48,864, $7,090 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Sailors & marine oilers, & ship engineers make somewhat more than Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters while Agricultural inspectors 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

0.326
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.326, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters, by average wage, are Motor vehicles & motor vehicle equipment manufacturing, Animal food, grain & oilseed milling, and Commercial & industrial machinery & equipment repair & maintenance.

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Industries by Share

504k
2017 Workforce
± 17,401
3.48%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 4.76%

The number of people employed as Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters has been growing at a rate of 3.48%, from 487,186 people in 2016 to 504,120 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  77.2%, followed by Water, steam, air-conditioning, & irrigation systems with 2.71% and Natural gas distribution with 1.84%.

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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 40.6 and of female Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters is 41.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

497k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 17,275
7.32k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,101

98.5% of Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

66.7% of Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 15.5% of Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters, White (Hispanic) 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 Sex

40.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.434
41.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 3.28

The median age of Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, & steamfitters is 40.6, and Male employees are generally 0.796 years younger 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 Construction.

Majors

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