People are usually surprised by what a plumber has to learn in order to become skilled at what they do. It’s often compared to becoming a doctor. Sure, you’re going to learn everything there is to know—but then you can decide to follow a specialty.
Just as there are doctors who specialize in cardiology and neurology, you’ll find plumbers who choose to focus their skills in just one area. Here are just three examples.
Did you know that electricity requires plumbing? Steamfitters install and maintain the piping systems that transport high-pressure steam to generate either electricity or heat. It’s a meticulous job because of the danger for harm—but it also rewards those who choose to specialize. Steamfitters earn an average salary of over $50,500.
In your house or office, it’s the plumbing systems. In public or municipal areas, it’s drainage for storms or water mains. All these areas require specialized plumbers called pipelayers, who install not only the pipes—but the infrastructure for them. It’s strenuous work to dig and grade the trenches, as well as make sure the pipes are secure. It’s why these specialized plumbers earn an average salary of nearly $38,000.
These specialized plumbing professionals work mostly on industrial projects and in commercial settings. Instead of private residences, they’ll head to factories or large construction sites to install and maintain cooling and heating piping systems. Pipefitters earn an average salary of over $50,600.