Plumber Salary

Plumbers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $20.11 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by career length and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Plumbers. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and about a third receive dental plans. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$28,390 - $81,231
(Median)
$28K
$49K
$81K
MEDIAN: $48,751
10%
50%
90%

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$13.53 - $32.93
(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
$28,390 - $81,231  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,988  
Profit Sharing
$119.20 - $18,121  
Commission
$1,927 - $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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$29,249 - $75,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 382
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.53 - $32.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.30  
Overtime
$18.46 - $47.49  
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
$1,927 - $41,217  
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).
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$29,249 - $75,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,574

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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Construction Project Manager. The latter position pays an average of $70K annually. Plumbers typically move into roles as Journeyman Plumbers or Master Plumbers, and those positions pay $2K more and $8K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Plumber


The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, where the median salary is just $47K. However, employees at the top of the pay scale do tend to do well, earning around $92K.


Survey results suggest that Plumbers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in plumber, Heat, Welding, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. 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 many Plumbers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $37K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $45K. Plumbers bring in $49K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $52K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 39 percent, Plumbers in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Plumbers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+36 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), Las Vegas (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+20 percent). Charlotte is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Tampa and Atlanta (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Plumber Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Plumber Salaries

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Heat
up arrow 10%

Welding
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Blueprints
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National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 332 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

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: 56% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 43%