Journeyman Plumber Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Journeyman Plumbers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $21.22 per hour nationwide. Cash earnings for Journeyman Plumbers — including $2K in bonuses and $9K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $32K to $72K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, Journeyman Plumbers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately two in five lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and one in three receive dental plans. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,172 - $70,281
(Median)
$30K
$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $49,228
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$14.89 - $32.26
(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
$30,172 - $70,281  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,933  
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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$31,900 - $71,530  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.89 - $32.26  
   
Overtime
$20.85 - $46.00  
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 - $1,933  
   
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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$31,900 - $71,530  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Journeyman Plumbers who go on to become Construction Project Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Construction Project Managers is $70K annually. More often than not, a Master Plumber role is the next step for Journeyman Plumbers moving up in the field. Master Plumbers usually make $53K per year. Many other Journeyman Plumbers choose to take on a Plumber role, where salaries are typically $43K.

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Journeyman Plumbers usually report a few specific skills. Plumbing and Blueprints are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Journeyman Plumber

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


For Journeyman Plumbers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $39K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $45K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Journeyman Plumbers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $52K on average.

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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
up arrow 17%

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
28%
10-19 years
39%
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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