Journeyman Plumber Salary

A sizeable majority of Journeyman Plumbers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $21.28 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $9K, respectively — total cash payment to Journeyman Plumbers can bottom out near $32K or peak near $72K depending on individual performance. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately two in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by approximately one in three. The majority of Journeyman Plumbers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,130 - $70,375
(Median)
$30K
$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $48,809
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$14.91 - $32.39
(Median)
$15
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,130 - $70,375  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,941  
Profit Sharing
$25.50 - $9,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $16,500  
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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$31,940 - $71,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.91 - $32.39  
   
Overtime
$20.90 - $46.06  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,941  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $16,500  
Profit Sharing
$25.50 - $9,000  
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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$31,940 - $71,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,121
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Job Description for Journeyman Plumber

A journeyman plumber is a trained plumber who has completed their apprenticeship under a master plumber. They are fully knowledgeable in the skills needed to be a plumber, and they have a working knowledge and application of the skills required to work as a plumber.

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Journeyman Plumber Tasks

  • Interpret blueprints and architectural diagrams to correctly position and access systems and assess fit to code.
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose problems, including interactions between waste, gas, and water systems.
  • Assemble, weld, bend, thread, and adjust pipes, tubes, valves, and fittings.
  • Install and maintain water systems under the guidance of a master plumber.
  • Evaluate site and customer requests to create estimates for time and materials.

Common Career Paths for Journeyman Plumber


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For Journeyman Plumbers, progressing to a Construction Project Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Construction Project Manager can earn $70K annually. With an annual salary of $53K, Master Plumber is the most common role for Journeyman Plumbers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Plumber role — which usually pays $43K — is also typical for Journeyman Plumbers, though less common by comparison.

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Journeyman Plumbers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Plumbing and Blueprints are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Journeyman Plumber

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


Journeyman Plumbers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $39K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $45K. Journeyman Plumbers see a median salary of $49K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $52K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Journeyman Plumber Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%


National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Journeyman Plumber Salaries

Plumbing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$47,000

Blueprints
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 172 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 41%
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