Men represent the vast majority of Plumbers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $20.01 per hour nationwide. Overall incomes of Plumbers — including $7K bonuses, $8K profit sharing proceeds, and $20K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $29K and $77K. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Most Plumbers report high levels of job satisfaction. Just over two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a little more than half report medical coverage and slightly less than a third claim dental coverage as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$29,044 - $92,412
$29K
$50K
$92K
MEDIAN: $50,414
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50%
90%

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$13.10 - $32.62
$13
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $20.01
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$29,044 - $92,412  
   
Bonus
$293.61 - $6,851  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $7,757  
Commission
$250.00 - $20,226  
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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$28,705 - $76,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 551
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.10 - $32.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $2.17  
Overtime
$18.29 - $49.22  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$293.61 - $6,851  
   
Commission
$250.00 - $20,226  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $7,757  
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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$28,705 - $76,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,562

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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

  • Install and repair pipes and fixtures and open clogged drains.
  • Cut openings in floors and walls to accommodate pipe and pipe fittings.
  • Utilize appropriate plumbing and shop tools.
  • Cut and thread pipes.
  • Install vents and traps in the plumbing system, in accordance with required codes.

Common Career Paths for Plumber


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Plumbers sometimes assume positions such as Construction Project Managers. That role pays $70K per year on average. Plumbers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Master Plumbers or Lead Plumbers. The median paychecks in those roles are $8K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Plumber


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, ABC Plumbing offers the most; Plumbers earn $49K on average there.

Offering a median salary of only $40K, Roto-Rooter pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $25K to $62K is pretty narrow, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Plumber

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


Plumbers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $46K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Plumbers make a median salary of $52K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,385

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

Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Plumbers, 42 percent above the national average. Plumbers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+36 percent), Chicago (+29 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). Charlotte is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Employers in Orlando and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Plumber

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 325 votes.
032
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Plumber Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Plumber Salaries

Field Sales
up arrow 53%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 43%

Technical Services
up arrow 34%

master plumber
up arrow 15%

System Repair
up arrow 14%

up arrow 11%

Customer Service
up arrow 6%


Troubleshooting
up arrow 5%

Welding
up arrow 4%


National Average
$45,000


Project Management
up arrow 7%

Commercial
up arrow 9%

Soldering
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 325 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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