Master Plumber Salary

A sizeable majority of Master Plumbers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $25.15 per hour. Total cash compensation to Master Plumbers approaches anywhere from $38K on the lower end to $85K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $12K from profit sharing. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While some workers in this profession — roughly one in three — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and more than a third have dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,498 - $92,044
(Median)
$35K
$56K
$92K
MEDIAN: $55,960
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$18.03 - $37.68
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$18
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$38
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$35,498 - $92,044  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,042  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $12,000  
Commission
$12,000  
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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$38,315 - $84,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 304
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.03 - $37.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.59  
Overtime
$24.11 - $53.92  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,042  
   
Commission
$12,000  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $12,000  
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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$38,315 - $84,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 800
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Job Description for Master Plumber

Master plumbers are highly experienced and skilled plumbers; in some states, this position requires licensing to provide proof of their experience. They are often the first plumber to arrive at a job site to inspect the customer's problems and develop a plan with the customer. They then inform their crew of the situation and delegate tasks to them. A master plumber often reserves the most difficult tasks either for themselves or as an opportunity to teach apprentice plumbers. It is the master plumber's job to ensure that all work is carried out quickly and efficiently and to ensure a quick remedy to a customer's situation.

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Master Plumber Tasks

  • Read and design blueprints.
  • Complete state licensing requirements.
  • Assemble, install, and repair pipes, appliances and fixtures.
  • Supervise and complete installation of plumbing equipment.

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Pay by Experience Level for Master Plumber

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $49K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $51K. Master Plumbers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $54K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Master Plumber with more than 20 years of experience can earn $58K on average.

Master Plumber Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Master Plumber in Shreveport:
"Hard work pays off."
Plumbing is a great profession with a good pay depending on the company you work for low stress.

What is it like working as a Master Plumber?

Master Plumber in Houston:
"Comfortable stressful but rewarding."
Pros: I'm designing, building and my department installs plumbing systems that go into a product that is designed to save lives, and I enjoy working with everyone at the company.
Cons: Our policy for paid time off is not an industry standard, I work more than 40 hours a week regularly, but still have to use PTO when I leave early (Dr. Appointment) or miss a day due to illness.

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Experience Affects Master Plumber Salaries


National Average
$55,000


Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Master Plumber Salaries

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National Average
$55,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
48%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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