Occupational Employment Statistics


47-2152 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

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.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 21076$28.76/hr$17.82/hr$23.25/hr$28.64/hr$34.53/hr$39.75/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities110$41.78/hr
Professional and Business Services260$24.67/hr
Education and Health Services190$39.25/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other Services20$25.26/hr
Public Administration120$30.38/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Southwest Balance of State N/A$16.58/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 150$28.50/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 160$26.30/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 160$35.48/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 180$39.90/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 210$28.64/hr9.6%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 240$37.09/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 290$28.66/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 320$37.86/hr-7.0%
Southwest Minnesota 340$26.64/hr5.0%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 520$26.66/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 550$27.00/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 680$31.21/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 720$28.54/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 1,220$27.90/hr18.6%
Central Minnesota 1,230$29.91/hr29.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 5,500$42.02/hr11.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 5,700$41.71/hrN/A
Minnesota 8,700$35.86/hr13.1%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Carpenters 17,110$24.66/hr5.6%
Boilermakers 30$31.49/hrN/A
Millwrights 880$23.81/hr6.7%
Solar Photovoltaic Installers N/AN/AN/A
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 3,770$25.02/hr10.0%
Mechanical Door Repairers 440$22.68/hr9.7%
Elevator Installers and Repairers 520$46.01/hr7.0%
Electricians 10,780$34.85/hr5.9%
Pipelayers 680$30.80/hr12.6%
Sheet Metal Workers 2,550$35.49/hr7.9%

  • Keep records of work assignments.
  • Plan pipe system layout, installation, or repair, according to specifications.
  • Attach pipes to walls, structures, or fixtures, such as radiators or tanks, using brackets, clamps, tools, or welding equipment.
  • Select pipe sizes, types, or related materials, such as supports, hangers, or hydraulic cylinders, according to specifications.
  • Cut, thread, or hammer pipes to specifications, using tools such as saws, cutting torches, pipe threaders, or pipe benders.
  • Lay out full scale drawings of pipe systems, supports, or related equipment, according to blueprints.
  • Cut openings in structures to accommodate pipes or pipe fittings, using hand or power tools.
  • Measure and mark pipes for cutting or threading.
  • Direct helpers engaged in pipe cutting, preassembly, or installation of plumbing systems or components.
  • Assemble or secure pipes, tubes, fittings, or related equipment, according to specifications, by welding, brazing, cementing, soldering, or threading joints.