Plumber Salary

Men account for the majority of Plumbers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.10 per hour. Total cash compensation to Plumbers approaches anywhere from $29K on the lower end to $76K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $18K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but tenure and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Most Plumbers like their work and job satisfaction is high. More than two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and approximately one in three claim dental coverage as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$27,980 - $82,517
(Median)
$28K
$49K
$83K
MEDIAN: $49,430
10%
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$13.49 - $33.09
(Median)
$13
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$27,980 - $82,517  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,475  
Profit Sharing
$197.97 - $17,754  
Commission
$1,000 - $23,500  
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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$29,106 - $75,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 560
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.49 - $33.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.68  
Overtime
$18.60 - $47.18  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,475  
   
Commission
$1,000 - $23,500  
Profit Sharing
$197.97 - $17,754  
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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$29,106 - $75,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,469
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Job Description for Plumber

Plumbers are responsible for installing and maintaining water systems within buildings, including drinking water, drainage, heating, sanitation, and sewage systems. Plumbers are not only involved with the installation and development of new houses and plumbing systems, but also with assessing and fixing problems in existing and older systems.

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Plumber Tasks

  • Cut and thread pipes.
  • Install vents and traps in the plumbing system, in accordance with required codes.
  • Utilize appropriate plumbing and shop tools.
  • Install and repair pipes and fixtures and open clogged drains.
  • Cut openings in floors and walls to accommodate pipe and pipe fittings.

Common Career Paths for Plumber


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Plumbers do not often transition into Construction Project Manager roles. The role averages $70K per year. When Plumbers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Master Plumbers or Lead Plumbers. Those roles pay an additional $8K and $7K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Plumber


Benjamin Franklin Plumbing offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $47K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $92K.


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Troubleshooting, Commercial, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 18 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Many workers who know Blueprints also know Plumbing.

Pay by Experience Level for 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $36K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $45K. Plumbers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $53K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,140

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

Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Plumbers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Plumbers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+34 percent), Chicago (+30 percent), Seattle (+26 percent), and Los Angeles (+18 percent). Charlotte ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Tampa (9 percent lower) and Phoenix (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Plumber Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Plumber Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 22%

Commercial
up arrow 18%

Project Management
up arrow 16%

Customer Service
up arrow 15%

plumber
up arrow 13%

Heat
up arrow 9%

master plumber
up arrow 9%

Residential
up arrow 6%

Welding
up arrow 5%

Blueprints
up arrow 3%

National Average
$45,000

Plumbing
up arrow 1%

Pipe Welding
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 403 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
medical benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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