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Journeyman Plumber Salary

Male Journeyman Plumbers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.76 per hour in the United States. Cash earnings for Journeyman Plumbers — including $2K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $32K to $71K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Journeyman Plumbers claim high levels of job satisfaction. While approximately two in five report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and one in three have dental, as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,696 - $68,306
(Median)
$30K
$48K
$68K
MEDIAN: $47,558
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$14.80 - $32.05
(Median)
$15
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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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
$29,696 - $68,306  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,934  
Profit Sharing
$7.70 - $8,243  
Commission
$500 - $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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$31,637 - $71,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.80 - $32.05  
   
Overtime
$20.83 - $45.99  
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 - $1,934  
   
Commission
$500 - $16,500  
Profit Sharing
$7.70 - $8,243  
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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$31,637 - $71,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,134

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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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For Journeyman Plumbers, progressing to a Construction Project Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Construction Project Manager can earn $70K annually. With an annual salary of $53K, Master Plumber is the most common role for Journeyman Plumbers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Plumber role — which usually pays $43K — is also typical for Journeyman Plumbers, though less common by comparison.

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Pay by Experience Level for Journeyman Plumber

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


For Journeyman Plumbers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 $44K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Journeyman Plumbers make a median salary of $48K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Journeyman Plumber Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 167 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 41%