Journeyman Plumber Salary

A sizeable majority of Journeyman Plumbers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $21.44 per hour. Cash earnings for Journeyman Plumbers — which occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $32K to approximately $72K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While some workers in this profession — approximately two in five — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and approximately one in three have dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$32,099 - $71,133

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$14.98 - $32.42

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,099 - $71,133  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $9,696  
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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$32,179 - $71,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.98 - $32.42  
   
Overtime
$20.92 - $45.95  
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
$0.00 - $1,939  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $16,500  
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $9,696  
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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$32,179 - $71,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,111
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Construction Project Manager. The latter position pays an average of $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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Plumbing and Blueprints are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Journeyman Plumber

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


Journeyman Plumbers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $39K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $45K. Journeyman Plumbers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. Journeyman Plumbers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $53K.

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Experience Affects Journeyman Plumber Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%


National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Journeyman Plumber Salaries

Plumbing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$48,000

Blueprints
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 171 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
38%
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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