Plumber Salary

A sizeable majority of Plumbers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.03 per hour. Overall cash earnings of Plumbers stretch from $29K to $77K; the final number can encompass up to $6K each from bonuses and profit sharing, with some enjoying commissions of almost $20K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by career length and the specific company. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While just over two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, over one-half do receive medical coverage, and approximately one-third have dental, as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,913 - $91,775
$29K
$51K
$92K
MEDIAN: $50,568
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50%
90%

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$13.17 - $32.50
$13
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $20.03
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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$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$28,913 - $91,775  
   
Bonus
$245.24 - $5,817  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,750  
Commission
$290.87 - $20,310  
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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$28,755 - $76,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 549
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.17 - $32.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $3.49  
Overtime
$18.46 - $50.04  
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
$245.24 - $5,817  
   
Commission
$290.87 - $20,310  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,750  
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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$28,755 - $76,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,547
© PayScale, Inc. @ www.payscale.com

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Plumber


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It's not very common for Plumbers to move on to become Construction Project Managers. Average pay for a Construction Project Manager is $70K annually. Typical career progression for a Plumber involves becoming a Master Plumber or a Lead Plumber, roles that pay $8K more and $7K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Plumber


Those at ABC Plumbing can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $51K.

Bringing up the rear, Roto-Rooter's median pay of $41K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $70K.

Pay by Experience Level for Plumber

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Plumbers. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. 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 $55K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,473

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

For Plumbers, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Plumbers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+34 percent), Chicago (+25 percent), New York (+22 percent), and Washington (+18 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Charlotte. Below-median salaries also turn up in Miami and Orlando (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Plumber

Gender

Female
0 %
Male
100 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 316 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Plumber Salaries

▲20%

▲13%

▲1%

National Average
$45,000

▼23%

Skills That Affect Plumber Salaries

Field Sales
▲53%

Construction Estimating
▲42%

Technical Services
▲34%

System Repair
▲14%

▲13%

master plumber
▲11%

Customer Service
▲10%

▲5%

Troubleshooting
▲5%

Welding
▲4%

▲2%

National Average
$45,000

▼2%

Project Management
▼7%

Commercial
▼8%

Soldering
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 316 votes.

Gender

Female
0 %
Male
100 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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