Men make up the majority of Journeyman Plumbers in the United States, bringing in about $22.98 per hour. Overall compensation packages to Journeyman Plumbers range from $33K on the low end to $75K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $5K and profit sharing that approaches $20K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $24K. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Journeyman Plumbers report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — about two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and more than a third have dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,018 - $75,717
(Median)
$35K
$52K
$76K
MEDIAN: $51,808
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$15.31 - $34.23
(Median)
$15
$23
$34
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,018 - $75,717  
   
Bonus
$493.88 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$1.14 - $19,727  
Commission
$-0.50 - $24,080  
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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$32,957 - $74,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.31 - $34.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.19  
Overtime
$21.64 - $46.50  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$493.88 - $5,034  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $24,080  
Profit Sharing
$1.14 - $19,727  
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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$32,957 - $74,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,001
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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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Journeyman Plumbers who advance into the role of a Construction Project Manager are fairly uncommon. Construction Project Managers on average earn $70K per year. The most common career progression for Journeyman Plumbers leads to becoming a Plumber, where pay is typically $44K. However, many Journeyman Plumbers also opt to become Master Plumbers, a position that pays $53K on average.

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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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $40K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $47K. Journeyman Plumbers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $53K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $55K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,696

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Journeyman Plumbers in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Journeyman Plumbers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+18 percent), Baltimore (+18 percent), Denver (+14 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Compared to the national average, Little Rock Journeyman Plumbers have considerably lower salaries, 24 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (22 percent lower) and Birmingham (20 percent lower).

Journeyman Plumber Reviews

What is it like working as a Journeyman Plumber?

Journeyman Plumber in San Antonio:
"It's a challenge I'm ready for."
Pros: I like the flexibility of working in a small business. Knowing the boss so personally makes it an easy work environment.
Cons: There are not enough opportunities for me in such a small business. I would prefer to work in large scale commercial jobs than handling service calls.

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Journeyman Plumber in Waukegan:
"Is it worth dying for?"
You are exposed to every communicable disease known to man AND chemical AND heavy metal poisoning.

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Experience Affects Journeyman Plumber Salaries



National Average
$51,000


Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Journeyman Plumber Salaries

Commercial
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Blueprints
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Plumbing
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National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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