Journeyman Plumber Salary

Men account for the majority of Journeyman Plumbers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $23.26 per hour. Total cash compensation to Journeyman Plumbers approaches anywhere from $33K on the lower end to $76K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $20K from profit sharing. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Journeyman Plumbers report high levels of job satisfaction. Although two in five lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$32,153 - $74,987
$32K
$52K
$75K
MEDIAN: $51,568
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$15.62 - $34.47
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$34
MEDIAN: $23.26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$32,153 - $74,987  
   
Bonus
$491.94 - $4,970  
Profit Sharing
$137.87 - $19,574  
Commission
$300.00 - $24,000  
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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$33,472 - $76,067  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 143
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.62 - $34.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.50  
Overtime
$22.52 - $48.81  
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
$491.94 - $4,970  
   
Commission
$300.00 - $24,000  
Profit Sharing
$137.87 - $19,574  
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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$33,472 - $76,067  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,057

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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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As Journeyman Plumbers transition into upper-level roles such as Construction Project Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Construction Project Managers earn $70K on average per year. A Plumber role is the most prevalent career advancement for Journeyman Plumbers. Paychecks for that role are $44K on average. The Master Plumber position is another common transition for Journeyman Plumbers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $53K mark.

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Pay by Experience Level for Journeyman Plumber

Pay by Experience for a Journeyman Plumber has a positive trend. An entry-level Journeyman Plumber with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 234 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Journeyman Plumber with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 393 salaries. An experienced Journeyman Plumber which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 534 salaries. A Journeyman Plumber with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 251 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,302

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, 32 percent above the national average. Journeyman Plumbers will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+15 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), Denver (+13 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Little Rock Journeyman Plumbers earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (23 percent lower) and Birmingham (22 percent lower).

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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 143 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
25%
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
▼19%

Skills That Affect Journeyman Plumber Salaries

foreman
▲32%

Commercial
▲16%

Blueprints
▲5%

Plumbing
▼0%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
no benefits
None: 39%
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