Plumber Salary

Men make up the majority of Plumbers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $20.10 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Just over two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and about a third claim dental coverage as well. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,243 - $84,463
(Median)
$26K
$49K
$84K
MEDIAN: $49,108
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90%

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$13.52 - $33.45
(Median)
$14
$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
$26,243 - $84,463  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,988  
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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$29,153 - $76,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 435
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.52 - $33.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.94  
Overtime
$18.80 - $47.30  
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 - $1,988  
   
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).
)
$29,153 - $76,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,850
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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. Career advancement for the typical Plumber often leads to becoming a Journeyman Plumber or a Master Plumber; median salaries in these positions are $2K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Plumber


Bringing up the rear, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing's median pay of $47K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $92K.


Survey results imply that Plumbers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in plumber, Heat, Blueprints, and Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Competency in Blueprints frequently indicates knowledge of Plumbing.

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $37K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $45K. Plumbers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $52K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Plumbers, busy Chicago offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Plumbers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+32 percent), Seattle (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), and New York (+16 percent). In Richmond, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Charlotte and Miami (15 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Plumber Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Plumber Salaries

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Heat
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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
26%

Common Health Benefits

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