Journeyman Plumber Salary

Journeyman Plumbers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $23.08 per hour. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $5K, $20K, and $24K, respectively — total cash payment to Journeyman Plumbers can bottom out near $34K or top out at around $76K. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Journeyman Plumbers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and around two in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by more than a third. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,636 - $75,147
$36K
$53K
$75K
MEDIAN: $53,003
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$15.51 - $34.41
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$34
MEDIAN: $23.08
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National Salary 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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,636 - $75,147  
   
Bonus
$491.32 - $4,906  
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $19,866  
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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$33,513 - $75,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 142
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.51 - $34.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.50  
Overtime
$22.19 - $48.18  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$491.32 - $4,906  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $24,080  
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $19,866  
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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$33,513 - $75,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,027

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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

  • Install and maintain water systems under the guidance of a master plumber.
  • Evaluate site and customer requests to create estimates for time and materials.
  • Assemble, weld, bend, thread, and adjust pipes, tubes, valves, and fittings.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Journeyman Plumber


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It's not very common for Journeyman Plumbers to move on to become Construction Project Managers. Average pay for a Construction Project Manager is $70K annually. Given that the median pay is $44K, it may be surprising to find that a Plumber is the most common role for Journeyman Plumbers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Master Plumber role — which pays $53K — is also typical for Journeyman Plumbers, though less common by comparison.

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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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $49K. On average, Journeyman Plumbers make $53K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $56K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,045

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

Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Journeyman Plumbers in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Journeyman Plumbers will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+15 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), Denver (+13 percent), and New York (+11 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Journeyman Plumbers is geography, with workers in Little Rock earning a whopping 24 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Birmingham and San Antonio (21 percent lower and 20 percent lower, respectively).

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Q: 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.

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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Key Stats for Journeyman Plumber

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Journeyman Plumber Salaries

▲10%

▲4%

National Average
$51,000

▼4%

Entry-Level
▼20%

Skills That Affect Journeyman Plumber Salaries

Commercial
▲4%

Blueprints
▲1%

Plumbing
▼0%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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