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Journeyman Plumber Salary

Men make up the majority of Journeyman Plumbers in the United States, bringing in about $20.60 per hour. Total cash compensation to Journeyman Plumbers bottoms out near $32K and approaches $71K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $2K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly two in five lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and over a third receive dental plans. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$29,591 - $72,069
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MEDIAN: $47,954
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$14.71 - $31.62
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,591 - $72,069  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,932  
Profit Sharing
$8.21 - $9,787  
Commission
$972 - $8,139  
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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$31,561 - $70,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.71 - $31.62  
   
Overtime
$20.88 - $45.47  
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 - $1,932  
   
Commission
$972 - $8,139  
Profit Sharing
$8.21 - $9,787  
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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$31,561 - $70,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,190
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Journeyman Plumbers who advance to upper-end positions like Construction Project Manager. Median pay for Construction Project Managers is $70K per year. Journeyman Plumbers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Master Plumbers or Lead Plumbers. The median paychecks in those roles are $7K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Journeyman Plumber

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Journeyman Plumbers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $39K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $44K. Journeyman Plumbers bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Journeyman Plumber Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%


National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 156 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 39%