Plumber Salary

A sizeable majority of Plumbers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.10 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but experience level and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and nearly one in three have dental, too. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$27,085 - $81,654

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$13.54 - $33.24

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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
$27,085 - $81,654  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
Profit Sharing
$120.00 - $18,000  
Commission
$1,957 - $40,268  
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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$29,223 - $75,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 431
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
$13.54 - $33.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.94  
Overtime
$18.79 - $46.52  
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 - $1,993  
   
Commission
$1,957 - $40,268  
Profit Sharing
$120.00 - $18,000  
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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$29,223 - $75,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,880
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Construction Project Manager, where median compensation is $70K annually. 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


While select Benjamin Franklin Plumbing employees may bring in up to $92K, a median salary of only $47K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.


Plumbers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in plumber, Heat, Welding, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. Blueprints and Plumbing are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Plumber

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


Plumbers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $36K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $50K. 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 $52K.

Pay Difference by Location


Plumbers will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 40 percent. Plumbers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+34 percent), Boston (+33 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), and New York (+16 percent). Richmond ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Employers in Charlotte and Tampa also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Plumber Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Plumber Salaries

plumber
up arrow 13%

Heat
up arrow 9%

Welding
up arrow 5%

Blueprints
up arrow 3%

National Average
$45,000

Plumbing
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 331 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

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