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Journeyman Plumber Salary

Men account for the majority of Journeyman Plumbers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.85 per hour. In the world of Journeyman Plumbers, total cash compensation can vary between $32K and $71K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $2K and $10K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly two in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and around one in three receive dental plans. For the most part, Journeyman Plumbers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,258 - $70,000
(Median)
$30K
$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $48,589
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$14.80 - $31.90
(Median)
$15
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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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
$30,258 - $70,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,951  
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $9,696  
Commission
$500 - $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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$31,720 - $70,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.80 - $31.90  
   
Overtime
$20.79 - $45.52  
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 - $1,951  
   
Commission
$500 - $16,500  
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $9,696  
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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$31,720 - $70,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,119

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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. The most common promotion for Journeyman Plumbers is Master Plumber, a position that typically pays $53K annually. Another standard transition for Journeyman Plumbers seeking advancement is to assume a Plumber role, where pay is often $43K.

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Survey takers who work as Journeyman Plumbers typically report just a few professional skills. Plumbing and Blueprints are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Journeyman Plumber

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


For many Journeyman Plumbers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $39K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $44K. Journeyman Plumbers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $48K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $52K.

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Experience Affects Journeyman Plumber Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%


National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Journeyman Plumber Salaries

Plumbing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Blueprints
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 168 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: 22% employee benefits None: 41%
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