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Plumber Salary

Plumbers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $20.05 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the specific company. Some workers in this field — just over two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by roughly a third. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$26,763 - $81,778
(Median)
$27K
$49K
$82K
MEDIAN: $48,750
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$13.56 - $32.68
(Median)
$14
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$26,763 - $81,778  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,945  
Profit Sharing
$119.20 - $18,121  
Commission
$1,532 - $48,936  
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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$29,169 - $75,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 340
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.56 - $32.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.64  
Overtime
$18.59 - $48.49  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,945  
   
Commission
$1,532 - $48,936  
Profit Sharing
$119.20 - $18,121  
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).
)
$29,169 - $75,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,388
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Job Description for Plumber

A plumber is a type of maintenance worker who deals primarily with plumbing systems used in households and commercial buildings. They get this job done by possessing highly specialized expertise in how household plumbing systems work, as well as the skills required to use the right tools in the right situations. Specific tasks may include installing and repairing pipes, unclogging drains, installing vents and traps, cutting and threading pipes, and making modifications to walls and floors to accommodate pipes. Plumbers especially need to understand how to read blueprints and floor plans for buildings, as they may need to refer to these to understand how the plumbing system in the building they are working on works. However, it should be noted that plumbers will not always be provided with these documents and may have to make educated guesses about a building’s plumbing system. Plumbers may also inspect a building’s plumbing system to ensure that safety and building regulations in regard to plumbing are not being violated.

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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Plumber


Benjamin Franklin Plumbing reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $47K) but some workers make up to $92K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.


Typical Plumbers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Blueprints, Heat, Welding, and Plumbing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent.

Pay by Experience Level for Plumber

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


For Plumbers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $37K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $44K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Plumbers make a median salary of $48K. Plumbers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $52K.

Pay Difference by Location


Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Plumbers, 39 percent higher than the national average. Plumbers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+33 percent), Los Angeles (+30 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), and Philadelphia (+21 percent). Charlotte ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Richmond and Tampa (17 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Plumber Salaries



National Average
$45,000



Skills That Affect Plumber Salaries

Blueprints
up arrow 14%

Heat
up arrow 10%

Welding
up arrow 6%

Plumbing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 297 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 43%