Plumber Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Plumbers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $20.10 per hour nationwide. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Plumbers — as high as $2K, $18K and $24K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $29K to $76K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though career duration and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Plumbers like their work and job satisfaction is high. While just over two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and roughly one in three have dental, as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$27,980 - $82,517
(Median)
$28K
$49K
$83K
MEDIAN: $49,430
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$13.49 - $33.09
(Median)
$13
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$27,980 - $82,517  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,475  
Profit Sharing
$197.97 - $17,754  
Commission
$1,000 - $23,500  
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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$29,106 - $75,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 560
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.49 - $33.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.68  
Overtime
$18.60 - $47.18  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,475  
   
Commission
$1,000 - $23,500  
Profit Sharing
$197.97 - $17,754  
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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$29,106 - $75,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,469
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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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There are some Plumbers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Construction Project Managers, where earnings are an average $70K annually. Plumbers typically move into roles as Master Plumbers or Lead Plumbers, and those positions pay $8K more and $7K more, respectively.

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Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Benjamin Franklin Plumbing offers the lowest median salary at $47K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $21K and $92K.


Survey takers working as Plumbers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Troubleshooting, Commercial, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 18 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Plumbing is a skill commonly found among those who know Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Plumber

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


For Plumbers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $36K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $51K. Plumbers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $53K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,140

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

Home to some of the best pay for Plumbers, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Plumbers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+34 percent), Chicago (+30 percent), Seattle (+26 percent), and Los Angeles (+18 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Charlotte. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tampa and Phoenix (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Plumber Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Plumber Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 22%

Commercial
up arrow 18%

Project Management
up arrow 16%

Customer Service
up arrow 15%

plumber
up arrow 13%

Heat
up arrow 9%

master plumber
up arrow 9%

Residential
up arrow 6%

Welding
up arrow 5%

Blueprints
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National Average
$45,000

Plumbing
up arrow 1%

Pipe Welding
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 403 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
medical benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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