- Tests pipe work for leaks and makes necessary adjustments.
- Fits piping into position and joins sections by welding, soldering, cementing, fusing, screwing or by other methods.
- Installs pipes for heating, ventilating, fire prevention, water and similar systems in industrial and construction settings, including oil rigs and terminals, sewerage systems and other mains networks.
- Measures and cuts required lengths of copper, lead, steel, iron, aluminium or plastic piping using hand or machine tools.
- Examines drawings and specifications to determine layout of piping.
Typical Education Level
Level 3 NVQ; A Levels
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 13% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers
*This is based on national data
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for pipe fitter is £26,130
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 143. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, jobs have been posted for pipe fitter roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £26,130 per year. That is about £2,178 per month or £13.40 per hour. New workers generally start on £22,918, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £55,367
Is it growing or declining?
This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 143 people are employed in the region.