Plumber Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Plumbers earn an average of $20.26 per hour. Total cash compensation for Plumbers runs from $29K to $78K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the individual firm. Job satisfaction for Plumbers is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one-half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by just over a half and dental coverage is claimed by about a third. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,526 - $87,870
$30K
$51K
$88K
MEDIAN: $50,612
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50%
90%

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$13.38 - $32.96
$13
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $20.26
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90%

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$0$87K
Salary $29,526 - $87,870
Bonus $293.20 - $5,980
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,106
Commission $306.39 - $29,361
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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$29,244 - $77,677
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 559
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $13.38 - $32.96
Hourly Tips $0.11 - $3.52
Overtime $18.87 - $50.91
Annual Data $0$77K
Bonus $293.20 - $5,980
Commission $306.39 - $29,361
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,106
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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$29,244 - $77,677
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,639

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Plumbers move into roles as Construction Project Managers, where pay is an average $70K per year. A common career progression for a Plumber is to become a Master Plumber or a Lead Plumber. Compared to Plumbers, the first group earns $7K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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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.

Offering a median of only $41K, Roto-Rooter pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $25K on the lower end and $70K on the higher end.

Pay by Experience Level for Plumber

Pay by Experience for a Plumber has a positive trend. An entry-level Plumber with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 1,104 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Plumber with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 840 salaries. An experienced Plumber which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 1,194 salaries. A Plumber with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 683 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,377

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

For Plumbers, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Plumbers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+32 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Washington (+16 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Charlotte. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Miami (10 percent less) and Orlando (9 percent less).

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Q: What is it like working as a Plumber?

Plumber in Nashville:
"It's a job."
Pros: The pay check. Being gainfully employed.
Cons: Having to be up at 3:30 in the morning to drive an hour and a half to work.

Plumber in Washingtonville:
"Rewarding and Stressfull."
Pros: Looking back on your work, be it a boiler, a toilet, or a large project. The satisfaction of a job well done. Something different everyday. Always changing.
Cons: The stress of dealing with the boss and the customers. Fighting for someone elses money. Getting covered in sewage. Hot attics and tight and filthy crawlspaces.

Plumber in Washington:
"Great!"
Pros: Learning new things. Every day different projects.
Cons: Low pay rate and hard work. Most of the time.

Plumber in Waterford:
Pros: Pays the bills.
Cons: Little to no advancement opportunity.

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Key Stats for Plumber

Gender

Female
0 %
Male
100 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 396 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Plumber Salaries

▲18%

▲11%

National Average
$46,000

▼1%

▼24%

Skills That Affect Plumber Salaries

Field Sales
▲50%

Construction Estimating
▲40%

Technical Services
▲31%

System Repair
▲12%

▲11%

master plumber
▲9%

Customer Service
▲8%

▲3%

Troubleshooting
▲3%

Welding
▲2%

▼0%

National Average
$46,000

▼4%

Project Management
▼9%

Commercial
▼10%

Soldering
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 396 votes.

Gender

Female
0 %
Male
100 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
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%
no benefits
None: 46%
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