Master Plumber Salary

Men account for the majority of Master Plumbers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $25.45 per hour. Final cash compensation to Master Plumbers varies from around $40K to approximately $87K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $12K and $60K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Work is enjoyable for Master Plumbers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although about a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly two in five get dental coverage, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,989 - $97,802
$39K
$59K
$98K
MEDIAN: $58,751
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$19.26 - $37.73
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$38,989 - $97,802  
   
Bonus
$506 - $12,329  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $60,000  
Commission
$604 - $19,866  
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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$40,467 - $86,923  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$19.26 - $37.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.50  
Overtime
$26.40 - $54.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$506 - $12,329  
   
Commission
$604 - $19,866  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $60,000  
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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$40,467 - $86,923  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 609

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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 only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, HVAC System Design, Project Management, and master plumber are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in Plumbing tend to be well versed in Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Master Plumber

Pay by Experience for a Master Plumber has a positive trend. An entry-level Master Plumber with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 34 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Master Plumber with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 111 salaries. An experienced Master Plumber which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 380 salaries. A Master Plumber with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 465 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,907

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

Master Plumbers in New York, Boston, and Baltimore — eastern regions — enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle with compensation above the national average. One of the biggest compensable factors for Master Plumbers is geography, with workers in Montgomery earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Grand Rapids (15 percent lower) and Richmond (7 percent lower).

Master Plumber Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Master Plumber?

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.

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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Key Stats for Master Plumber

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 102 votes.
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
56%
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Experience Affects Master Plumber Salaries

▲4%

National Average
$56,000

▼1%

▼8%

Entry-Level
▼15%

Skills That Affect Master Plumber Salaries

Customer Service
▲7%

HVAC System Design
▲4%


master plumber
▲2%

▲1%

National Average
$56,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
56%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
no benefits
None: 33%
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