Master Plumber Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Master Plumbers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $25.15 per hour nationwide. In the world of Master Plumbers, total cash compensation can vary between $38K and $85K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $12K, respectively. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and more than a third receive dental plans. Most Master Plumbers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,498 - $92,044
(Median)
$35K
$56K
$92K
MEDIAN: $55,960
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$18.03 - $37.68
(Median)
$18
$25
$38
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$35,498 - $92,044  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,042  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $12,000  
Commission
$12,000  
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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$38,315 - $84,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 304
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.03 - $37.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.59  
Overtime
$24.11 - $53.92  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,042  
   
Commission
$12,000  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $12,000  
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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$38,315 - $84,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 800
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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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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. Those with knowledge of Plumbing tend to be skilled in Project Management as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Master Plumber

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Master Plumbers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $49K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $51K. Master Plumbers see a median salary of $54K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $58K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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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
$55,000


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

master plumber
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Project Management
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National Average
$55,000

Plumbing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
48%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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