Master Plumber Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Master Plumbers earn an average of $24.79 per hour. Total cash compensation to Master Plumbers bottoms out near $38K and approaches $86K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $12K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. While over a third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and more than a third have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Master Plumbers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,097 - $91,197

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$17.81 - $38.02

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$35,097 - $91,197  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,981  
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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$37,791 - $85,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 287
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$17.81 - $38.02  
   
Overtime
$23.93 - $54.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,981  
   
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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$37,791 - $85,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 763
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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 report a focused set of job 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $47K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $50K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Master Plumbers make a median salary of $54K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Master Plumbers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $57K.

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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 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

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
11%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
46%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 36%
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