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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 1,210225$30.93/hr$18.23/hr$25.60/hr$32.56/hr$37.21/hr$40.18/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities130$32.55/hr
Professional and Business Services300$25.49/hr
Education and Health Services380$42.57/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration230$31.19/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 130$29.17/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 150$27.80/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 200$38.18/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 210$34.44/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 250$22.86/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 360$32.89/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 400$26.24/hr9.6%
Southwest Minnesota 440$24.89/hr5.0%
Northwest Balance of State 460$25.58/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 480$33.73/hr-7.0%
Southeast Balance of State 650$28.51/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 690$25.93/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 690$35.17/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 710$32.24/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 1,210$32.56/hr18.6%
Central Minnesota 1,340$31.38/hr29.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 6,340$41.64/hr11.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 6,560$41.44/hrN/A
Minnesota 9,950$36.21/hr13.1%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Carpenters 18,330$26.43/hr5.6%
Boilermakers 40$35.56/hr1.9%
Millwrights 1,090$27.14/hr6.7%
Solar Photovoltaic Installers N/AN/AN/A
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 3,920$26.24/hr10.0%
Mechanical Door Repairers 540$20.01/hr9.7%
Elevator and Escalator Installers and Repairers 420$45.43/hr7.0%
Electricians 10,530$33.19/hr5.9%
Pipelayers 720$31.77/hr12.6%
Sheet Metal Workers 2,860$30.16/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.