Career Profile

Plumbers, Pipefitters, & Steamfitters

Education High school diploma or equivalent
This is the typical education required for an entry-level position.
Earnings $51,300
This is the typical median salary earned for an entry-level position.

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters install and repair piping fixtures and systems.

General Information

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 sprinkler fitters.

Training Funds Available

This is a Rural Capital Area Target Occupation.
Training and education opportunities are available with eligible providers throughout the state.

Plumbers, Pipefitters, & Steamfitters

Occupational Outlook

For the Rural Capital Area


Job Opportunities

Over the next five years, an average of 282 openings per year are projected for Plumbers, Pipefitters, & Steamfitters.


Employment Change

Employment for Plumbers, Pipefitters, & Steamfitters is forecasted to increase on par with the regional average by 14.4% between 2022 and 2027.


Earnings Potential

An average worker in this occupation is paid $24.69/hour. Entry level workers are paid $16.54, while experienced workers are paid $28.76. The median wage is comparable to average regional wages across occupations.

Local Employment Opportunities

There are 1,986 Plumbers, Pipefitters, & Steamfitters in the RCA region. By 2027 this number could reach 2,271.

Top 5 Employing Industries, Locally

The top industries employing Plumbers, Pipefitters, & Steamfitters are Building Equipment Contractors, Utility System Construction, and Nonresidential Building Construction.

Knowledge Areas

The top most significant knowledge categories for Plumbers, Pipefitters, & Steamfitters include Mechanical, Building and Construction, and Design.

Educational Attainment Patterns

The most common level of education for Plumbers, Pipefitters, & Steamfitters is HS diploma or less. 14% of people employed in these roles have some form of college degree.

Sources: BLS   JobsEQ®   ONET