Journeyman Plumber Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Journeyman Plumbers in the in the United States, bringing in about $20.50 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. While some workers in this profession—39 percent—do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and around one third have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Journeyman Plumbers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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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There are some Journeyman Plumbers—though it's uncommon—that transition into Construction Project Managers, where earnings can rise by $24K annually. The most common next step for Journeyman Plumbers is moving into roles as Master Plumbers or Lead Plumbers, where they can expect an extra $6,944 or $6,965 per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Journeyman Plumber

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Though Journeyman Plumbers can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Starting out, salaries fall in the $38K range but grow to $42K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $48K. As Journeyman Plumbers reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $53K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Journeyman Plumbers report having spent one to 10 years on the job followed by those with 10 to 20 years.

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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With a pay rate for Journeyman Plumbers that is 59 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. 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. Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Little Rock.

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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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