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Plumber Salary

A sizeable majority of Plumbers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.11 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the specific company. Some workers in this field — more than two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by one-third. Most Plumbers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$27,153 - $82,870
(Median)
$27K
$49K
$83K
MEDIAN: $48,761
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90%

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$13.52 - $33.22
(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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$27,153 - $82,870  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,988  
Profit Sharing
$119.20 - $18,121  
Commission
$1,939 - $40,851  
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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$29,240 - $75,676  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 413
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.52 - $33.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.30  
Overtime
$18.55 - $46.82  
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
$1,939 - $40,851  
Profit Sharing
$119.20 - $18,121  
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).
)
$29,240 - $75,676  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,707
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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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Plumbers may progress into high-paying roles like Construction Project Manager, where median compensation is $70K annually. Journeyman Plumbers or Master Plumbers are common next-step roles for Plumbers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Journeyman Plumbers is $2K higher on average, and it's $8K higher for Master Plumbers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Plumber


Benjamin Franklin Plumbing offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $47K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $92K.


Plumbers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in plumber, Heat, Blueprints, and Welding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 percent. Aptitude in Blueprints tends to also indicate an understanding of Plumbing.

Pay by Experience Level for Plumber

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


Plumbers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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 $49K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $52K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Plumbers that is 39 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Plumbers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+36 percent), Seattle (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), and Philadelphia (+18 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Charlotte, 16 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and Tampa (11 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Plumber Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Plumber Salaries

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National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 334 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
34%
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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