Male Master Plumbers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $25.38 per hour in the United States. Total cash compensation to Master Plumbers bottoms out near $40K and approaches $86K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $14K from bonuses and almost $60K from profit sharing. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Master Plumbers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — approximately one-third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and more than a third have dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$38,348 - $97,004
$38K
$59K
$97K
MEDIAN: $58,509
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$19.21 - $38.67
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$39
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$38,348 - $97,004  
   
Bonus
$550 - $13,750  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $60,200  
Commission
$6,750  
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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$40,191 - $86,401  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 250
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.21 - $38.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.38  
Overtime
$26.01 - $57.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$550 - $13,750  
   
Commission
$6,750  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $60,200  
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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$40,191 - $86,401  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 605

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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

  • Assemble, install, and repair pipes, appliances and fixtures.
  • Supervise and complete installation of plumbing equipment.
  • Read and design blueprints.
  • Complete state licensing requirements.

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Popular Skills for Master Plumber


Professional skills reported by Master Plumbers are few in number. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, master plumber, Project Management, and Plumbing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. The majority of those who know Plumbing also know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Master Plumber

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $48K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $51K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Master Plumbers make a median salary of $55K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $58K.

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 94 votes.
055
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
56%
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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

Customer Service
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National Average
$55,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
56%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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