Journeyman Plumber Salary (United States)

Men account for the majority of Journeyman Plumbers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.50 per hour. Overall cash allowance—including $1,976 bonuses and $7,891 profit sharing proceeds—ranges between $29,480 and $72,296. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. While 39 percent report receiving no health benefits, 60 percent do receive medical coverage, and around one third have dental, as well. For the most part, Journeyman Plumbers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Journeyman Plumber Salary (?
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$29,480 - $72,296
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MEDIAN: $47,761
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Journeyman Plumber Salary (?
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$14.71 - $31.26
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,480 - $72,296  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,976  
Profit Sharing
$8.14 - $7,891  
Commission
$983 - $8,000  
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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$31,482 - $70,245  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.71 - $31.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $0.41  
Overtime
$20.67 - $45.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,976  
   
Commission
$983 - $8,000  
Profit Sharing
$8.14 - $7,891  
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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$31,482 - $70,245  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,252
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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 assume a position such as a Construction Project Manager—while uncommon—may get paid an extra $24K per year. Journeyman Plumbers can earn $6,944 or $6,965 more per year when they move into roles as Master Plumbers or Lead Plumbers, a common transition for those in the field.

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Pay by Experience Level for Journeyman Plumber

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $38K; however, pay rises to approximately $42K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $48K after one to two decades. After 20 years in the field, Journeyman Plumbers see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $53K. Journeyman Plumbers with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are hardest to find.

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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Seattle
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Detroit
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Los Angeles
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Baltimore
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Houston
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Dallas
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Salt Lake City
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Tulsa
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National Average
$46,000
Oklahoma City
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Little Rock
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Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Journeyman Plumbers, 59 percent higher than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Seattle, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Baltimore, where Journeyman Plumbers annually earn 39 percent, 22 percent, 15 percent, and 13 percent more than the national average. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Little Rock, 15 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Journeyman Plumber Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$46,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 39%
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