Master Plumber Salary

Men account for the majority of Master Plumbers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $24.77 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 $38K to $86K depending on individual performance. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,990 - $91,115
(Median)
$35K
$55K
$91K
MEDIAN: $54,865
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$17.70 - $38.36
(Median)
$18
$25
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$34,990 - $91,115  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,010  
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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$37,643 - $85,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$17.70 - $38.36  
   
Overtime
$23.95 - $54.99  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,010  
   
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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$37,643 - $85,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 752
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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 results show that Master Plumbers typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with master plumber, Project Management, and Plumbing can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Plumbing and Project Management are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Master Plumber

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


For Master 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. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $46K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $49K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $54K. 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 $58K.

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
$54,000


Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Master Plumber Salaries

master plumber
up arrow 13%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Plumbing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$54,000

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
41%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 37%
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