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Plumber Salary (United States)

The average rate for a Plumber is $19.99 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Blueprints and Heat.
Plumber Salary (?
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$26,797 - $81,723
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $48,648
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Plumber Salary (?
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$13.39 - $33.16
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$26,797 - $81,723  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,969  
Profit Sharing
$50.51 - $18,246  
Commission
$1,163 - $41,217  
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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$28,973 - $75,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 317
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.39 - $33.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.77  
Overtime
$18.36 - $48.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,969  
   
Commission
$1,163 - $41,217  
Profit Sharing
$50.51 - $18,246  
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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$28,973 - $75,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,264
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Job Description for Plumber

A plumber is a type of maintenance worker who deals primarily with plumbing systems used in households and commercial buildings. They get this job done by possessing highly specialized expertise in how household plumbing systems work, as well as the skills required to use the right tools in the right situations. Specific tasks may include installing and repairing pipes, unclogging drains, installing vents and traps, cutting and threading pipes, and making modifications to walls and floors to accommodate pipes. Plumbers especially need to understand how to read blueprints and floor plans for buildings, as they may need to refer to these to understand how the plumbing system in the building they are working on works. However, it should be noted that plumbers will not always be provided with these documents and may have to make educated guesses about a building’s plumbing system. Plumbers may also inspect a building’s plumbing system to ensure that safety and building regulations in regard to plumbing are not being violated.
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Plumber

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

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
up arrow 43%
Boston
up arrow 24%
Seattle
up arrow 23%
Philadelphia
up arrow 19%
Baltimore
up arrow 18%
up arrow 15%
San Diego
up arrow 11%
Houston
up arrow 9%
Dallas
up arrow 1%
National Average
$45,000
Cleveland
up arrow 3%
Phoenix
up arrow 6%
Tampa
up arrow 14%
Richmond
up arrow 17%
Charlotte
up arrow 18%
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Plumber Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Plumber in Detroit:
Always want to learn and do more each time your out on the field and apply yourself to think and act on safety first skills.
Plumber in Kansas City:
"Learn As Much Math And Geometry As Possible."
Be ready to work in cold, heat, snow and rain. Stay flexible and always be ready to learn something new.

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Experience Affects Plumber Salaries

National Average
$45,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Plumber Salaries

Blueprints
up arrow 19%
Heat
up arrow 10%
Welding
up arrow 6%
Plumbing
up arrow 2%
National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 42%