Journeyman Plumber Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Journeyman Plumbers earn an average of $23.25 per hour. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and more than a third have dental, too. Most Journeyman Plumbers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,675 - $75,389
$35K
$52K
$75K
MEDIAN: $51,690
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$15.55 - $34.46
$16
$23
$34
MEDIAN: $23.25
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National Salary 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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$34,675 - $75,389  
   
Bonus
$482.45 - $4,979  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
Commission
$-0.50 - $24,080  
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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$33,486 - $75,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.55 - $34.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.50  
Overtime
$22.28 - $48.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$482.45 - $4,979  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $24,080  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
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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$33,486 - $75,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 997
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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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At the upper end, Journeyman Plumbers who move into a Construction Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Construction Project Managers is a much higher $70K per year. Journeyman Plumbers go on to become Plumbers more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $44K. Journeyman Plumbers who move into a Master Plumber role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $53K.

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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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. Journeyman Plumbers see a median salary of $53K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $56K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,146

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Journeyman Plumbers, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Journeyman Plumbers will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+15 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), Denver (+14 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). Journeyman Plumbers in Little Rock report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 24 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in San Antonio (23 percent lower) and Birmingham (22 percent lower).

Journeyman Plumber Reviews

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 130 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Journeyman Plumber Salaries

▲10%

▲4%

National Average
$51,000

▼3%

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 130 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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