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Master Plumber Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Master Plumbers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $24.64 per hour nationwide. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $23K, respectively — total cash payment to Master Plumbers can bottom out near $37K or peak near $86K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by more than a third. Job satisfaction for Master Plumbers is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,989 - $90,853
(Median)
$34K
$54K
$91K
MEDIAN: $54,307
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$17.45 - $38.45
(Median)
$17
$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
$33,989 - $90,853  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,948  
Profit Sharing
$100.75 - $22,500  
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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$36,705 - $86,300  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 284
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$17.45 - $38.45  
   
Overtime
$24.01 - $54.90  
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 - $4,948  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.75 - $22,500  
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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$36,705 - $86,300  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 732

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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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Master Plumbers report a narrow range of specific skills. Project Management and Plumbing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Competency in Plumbing frequently indicates knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Master Plumber

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


For many Master Plumbers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Master Plumbers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $45K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $48K. Master Plumbers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $54K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $57K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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
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Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Master Plumber Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Plumbing
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National Average
$54,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 37%