Men make up the majority of Apprentice Plumbers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $13.54 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to just over two-fifths, and approximately one in four earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,738 - $48,712
$20K
$30K
$49K
MEDIAN: $30,323
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50%
90%

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$10.11 - $18.40
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,738 - $48,712  
   
Bonus
$153.19 - $1,932  
Profit Sharing
$900  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$21,282 - $41,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $18.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.37  
Overtime
$15.06 - $26.59  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$153.19 - $1,932  
   
Profit Sharing
$900  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$21,282 - $41,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,159

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Job Description for Apprentice Plumber

The position of an apprentice plumber is, as the name suggests, an apprenticeship, which means that these individuals are learning necessary skills alongside those who are skilled and trained as professional plumbers.

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Apprentice Plumber Tasks

  • Install a variety of water heaters and filters.
  • Replace trenchless sewers, drain recipes, and install shower valves.

Common Career Paths for Apprentice Plumber


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It's not very common for Apprentice Plumbers to move on to become Construction Project Managers. Average pay for a Construction Project Manager is $70K annually. Apprentice Plumbers typically move into roles as Journeyman Plumbers or Plumbers, and those positions pay $18K more and $15K more, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Apprentice Plumber

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $29K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $35K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $37K in this role. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $42K.

Apprentice Plumber Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Apprentice Plumber?

Apprentice Plumber in Tulsa:
"Amazing."
Pros: Learning there is so much to learn in this trade. I also enjoy being a leader and working equipment the passion for the equipment is there inside of me.
Cons: The bad doesn't exist to me when there is so much good to do.

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Key Stats for Apprentice Plumber

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 146 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
78%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
0%
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Experience Affects Apprentice Plumber Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Apprentice Plumber Salaries

Machine Operation
up arrow 12%

Problem Solving
up arrow 11%

Pipe Welding
up arrow 5%

Soldering
up arrow 5%


HVAC
0%

National Average
$30,000

Blueprints
up arrow 5%

Carpentry
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
78%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 56%
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