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Master Plumber Salary

Men make up the majority of Master Plumbers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $24.56 per hour. Cash earnings for Master Plumbers — including $5K in bonuses and $12K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $37K to $86K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Master Plumbers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although over a third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,469 - $90,058
(Median)
$34K
$55K
$90K
MEDIAN: $54,611
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$17.56 - $38.09
(Median)
$18
$25
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$34,469 - $90,058  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,977  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $12,255  
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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$37,118 - $85,542  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$17.56 - $38.09  
   
Overtime
$23.85 - $54.31  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,977  
   
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $12,255  
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).
)
$37,118 - $85,542  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 748

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Job Description for Master Plumber

Master plumbers install and repair various commercial and residential plumbing systems. The title of master plumber is specially given to those who successfully pass the licensing exam issued by the state. Common residential jobs for master plumbers include installing water heaters, repairing faucets and toilets, sewer machine service, gas line service work, and water service line installation. Some master plumbers work in the public sector in wastewater treatment plants or other municipal water systems. Some master plumbers choose a specialty such as pipe installation or pressurized water systems. Working hours can range from full-time on a construction site to whatever works for the client's schedule.

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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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Survey takers who work as Master Plumbers usually report a few specific skills. Project Management and Plumbing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Plumbing and Project Management are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $45K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $48K. On average, Master Plumbers make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $57K.

Master Plumber Reviews

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
$53,000

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

Project Management
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Plumbing
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National Average
$53,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 37%
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