Men represent the vast majority of Plumbers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $19.96 per hour nationwide. Total cash incomes of Plumbers run from $29K to $76K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8K, profit sharing that reaches $7K, and some commissions of nearly $20K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although more than half have medical coverage and roughly a third have dental coverage, more than two-fifths claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,198 - $89,019
(Median)
$29K
$50K
$89K
MEDIAN: $50,048
10%
50%
90%

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$13.05 - $32.60
(Median)
$13
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$29,198 - $89,019  
   
Bonus
$302.70 - $7,928  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $6,500  
Commission
$350.00 - $20,226  
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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$28,666 - $76,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 525
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.05 - $32.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $3.80  
Overtime
$18.36 - $48.58  
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
$302.70 - $7,928  
   
Commission
$350.00 - $20,226  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $6,500  
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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$28,666 - $76,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,463
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Plumbers sometimes become Construction Project Managers, where the average income is $70K per year. Plumbers most often move into positions as Master Plumbers or Lead Plumbers; those groups report median salaries that are $8K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Plumber


ABC Plumbing attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $51K.

Offering a median salary of only $40K, Roto-Rooter pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $25K to $62K is pretty narrow, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Plumber

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $45K. Plumbers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,094

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

Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Plumbers, 39 percent above the national average. Plumbers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+38 percent), Washington (+36 percent), New York (+23 percent), and Chicago (+18 percent). The lowest-paying market is Charlotte, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Workers in Richmond and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Plumber Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Plumber Salaries

Construction Estimating
up arrow 44%

Technical Services
up arrow 37%

System Repair
up arrow 15%

Customer Service
up arrow 11%

plumber
up arrow 10%

master plumber
up arrow 9%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 6%


Welding
up arrow 5%

Pipe Welding
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000

Plumbing
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Project Management
up arrow 6%

Commercial
up arrow 9%

Heat
up arrow 12%

Soldering
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 304 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
medical benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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