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Plumber Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Plumbers earn an average of $20.11 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the individual firm. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by around one in three. Work is enjoyable for Plumbers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$28,123 - $81,617
(Median)
$28K
$49K
$82K
MEDIAN: $48,719
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$13.50 - $33.38
(Median)
$13
$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
$28,123 - $81,617  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,989  
Profit Sharing
$119.20 - $18,121  
Commission
$1,939 - $40,851  
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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$29,228 - $75,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 397
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.50 - $33.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.30  
Overtime
$18.45 - $47.16  
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.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,989  
   
Commission
$1,939 - $40,851  
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).
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$29,228 - $75,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,658

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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.

Common Career Paths for Plumber


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At the upper end, Plumbers who move into a Construction Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Construction Project Managers is a much higher $70K per year. It is quite typical for Plumbers to transition into roles as Journeyman Plumbers or Master Plumbers, where reported median earnings are $2K and $8K higher per year.

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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.


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in plumber, Heat, Blueprints, and Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 percent. Blueprints and Plumbing are also commonly seen together.

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 $45K. Plumbers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $49K. 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


For Plumbers, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Plumbers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+36 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), and Philadelphia (+18 percent). The lowest-paying market is Charlotte, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Miami and Tampa (11 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Plumber Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Plumber Salaries

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Heat
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Welding
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National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 334 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
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 42%
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