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.


Top Industries of Employment

  1. Plumbing, Heating, Air-Conditioning
  2. Motor Vehicles And Equipment
  3. Gas Production And Distribution
  4. Colleges And Universities

2002 - 2003 Wages
by MSA and Workforce Investment Areas

Area Employment**
Total
Hourly Wage Annual
Mean Entry Experienced Mean Entry Experienced
Missouri 8,770 22.54 12.96 27.33 46,880 26,950 56,840
Joplin MSA 110 19.46 14.29 22.04 40,480 29,730 45,850
Columbia MSA 240 18.28 12.17 21.33 38,010 25,320 44,360
St Joseph MSA 120 22.50 16.53 25.49 46,800 34,380 53,010
Springfield MSA 520 18.93 11.94 22.42 39,370 24,840 46,640
St Louis MSA 4,660 24.57 16.52 28.60 51,110 34,350 59,500
Kansas City* 1,640 24.02 14.13 28.97 49,960 29,384 60,249
Central Region* 870 18.11 11.76 21.29 37,671 24,463 44,274
Northwest Region* 170 20.03 11.79 24.15 41,668 24,530 50,237
Ozark Region* 860 15.74 7.57 19.82 32,729 15,741 41,223
Southeast Region* 390 21.70 12.93 26.09 45,145 26,884 54,275
Southwest Region* 120 19.30 13.93 21.98 40,140 28,969 45,726
St. Charles* 400 25.68 17.59 29.72 53,413 36,583 61,827
St. Louis City* 460 24.52 17.58 27.98 50,993 36,574 58,203
St. Louis County* 3,110 24.59 16.46 28.65 51,137 34,238 59,586
West Central Region* 110 17.47 12.54 19.94 36,347 26,090 41,476

Long-term Employment Projections

Area Employment ** Change 2000-2010 Annual
Avg Openings
Long-term
Outlook
2000 Estimated 2010 Projected Number Percent
Missouri 10,660 12,380 1,720 16.14 348 Outstanding
Kansas City MSA 4,180 4,640 460 11.00 115 Outstanding
St Louis MSA 5,470 6,300 830 15.17 172 Outstanding
Central Region* 940 1,020 80 8.51 24 Great
Northwest Region* 300 330 30 10.00 5 Great
Ozark Region* 690 860 170 24.64 28 Outstanding
Southeast Region* 570 600 30 5.26 13 Great
Southwest Region* 270 310 40 14.81 9 Outstanding
West Central Region* 280 300 20 7.14 6 Great

* - Workforce Investment Areas
** - Why are the employment levels different for the same occupation?



This Occupation generally requires Long-term on-the-job training (> 12 months)
or training in one of the following
Pipefitting/Pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter (NEW)
Plumbing Technology/Plumber (NEW)
Plumbing and Related Water Supply Services, Other (NEW)