Master Plumbers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $25.39 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $13K and $33K, respectively — total cash payment to Master Plumbers can bottom out near $40K or peak near $85K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and more than a third have dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$38,514 - $97,137
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$39K
$58K
$97K
MEDIAN: $58,098
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$19.13 - $38.82
(Median)
$19
$25
$39
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$38,514 - $97,137  
   
Bonus
$508 - $12,766  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $32,549  
Commission
$1,920  
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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$40,101 - $85,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 235
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.13 - $38.82  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.38  
Overtime
$24.89 - $58.67  
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
$508 - $12,766  
   
Commission
$1,920  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $32,549  
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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$40,101 - $85,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 594
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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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Popular Skills for Master Plumber


Master Plumbers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, master plumber, Project Management, and Plumbing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Those familiar with Plumbing also tend to know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Master Plumber

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


For Master Plumbers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During the first five years of their careers, Master Plumbers see a median income of $49K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $51K. On average, Master Plumbers make $54K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $59K.

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

Customer Service
up arrow 9%

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up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Plumbing
0%

National Average
$55,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
54%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
medical benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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