Plumber Salary

Men account for the majority of Plumbers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.09 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the specific company. Most Plumbers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Some workers in this field — more than two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by nearly one-third. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$26,616 - $84,058
(Median)
$27K
$49K
$84K
MEDIAN: $49,108
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$13.48 - $33.18
(Median)
$13
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$26,616 - $84,058  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,978  
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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$29,125 - $75,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 433
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.48 - $33.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.94  
Overtime
$18.76 - $47.12  
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 - $1,978  
   
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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$29,125 - $75,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,822
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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 who transition into a Construction Project Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $70K per year. Plumbers typically move into roles as Journeyman Plumbers or Master Plumbers, and those positions pay $2K more and $8K more, respectively.

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Plumbers seem to require a number of 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. It is not unusual for someone who knows Blueprints to be familiar with Plumbing as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Plumber

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $37K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $52K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Plumbers, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 40 percent greater than the national average. Plumbers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+34 percent), Seattle (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), and New York (+16 percent). Charlotte is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Richmond (15 percent lower) and Miami (12 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Plumber Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Plumber Salaries

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up arrow 13%

Heat
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Welding
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National Average
$45,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 335 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: 56% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 42%
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