Journeyman Plumber Salary

Men account for the majority of Journeyman Plumbers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $23.27 per hour. Total cash earnings of Journeyman Plumbers range from $34K on the low end to $75K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $20K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Journeyman Plumbers like their work and job satisfaction is high. While some workers in this profession — two in five — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and over a third have dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,305 - $77,148
$32K
$51K
$77K
MEDIAN: $51,453
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$15.97 - $34.26
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MEDIAN: $23.58
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$0$77K
Salary $32,305 - $77,148
Bonus $402.68 - $4,996
Profit Sharing $1,532 - $19,574
Commission $613 - $24,161
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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$34,453 - $76,222
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 146
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $15.97 - $34.26
Hourly Tips $1.23
Overtime $22.87 - $49.04
Annual Data $0$76K
Bonus $402.68 - $4,996
Commission $613 - $24,161
Profit Sharing $1,532 - $19,574
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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$34,453 - $76,222
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,019

Job Description for Journeyman Plumber

A journeyman plumber is a trained plumber who has completed their apprenticeship under a master plumber. They are fully knowledgeable in the skills needed to be a plumber, and they have a working knowledge and application of the skills required to work as a plumber.

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Journeyman Plumber Tasks

  • Install and maintain water systems under the guidance of a master plumber.
  • Evaluate site and customer requests to create estimates for time and materials.
  • Assemble, weld, bend, thread, and adjust pipes, tubes, valves, and fittings.
  • Interpret blueprints and architectural diagrams to correctly position and access systems and assess fit to code.
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose problems, including interactions between waste, gas, and water systems.

Common Career Paths for Journeyman Plumber


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Journeyman Plumbers who transition into a Construction Project Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $70K per year. A Plumber role is the most prevalent career advancement for Journeyman Plumbers. Paychecks for that role are $44K on average. The Master Plumber position is another common transition for Journeyman Plumbers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $53K mark.

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Pay by Experience Level for Journeyman Plumber

Pay by Experience for a Journeyman Plumber has a positive trend. An entry-level Journeyman Plumber with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 234 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Journeyman Plumber with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 393 salaries. An experienced Journeyman Plumber which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 534 salaries. A Journeyman Plumber with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 251 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,946

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

For those looking to make money, Journeyman Plumbers in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Journeyman Plumbers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Baltimore (+15 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), Denver (+13 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). Journeyman Plumbers in Little Rock take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than the national average. San Antonio and Birmingham are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 23 percent lower and 22 percent lower, respectively.

Journeyman Plumber Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Journeyman Plumber?

Journeyman Plumber in San Antonio:
"It's a challenge I'm ready for."
Pros: I like the flexibility of working in a small business. Knowing the boss so personally makes it an easy work environment.
Cons: There are not enough opportunities for me in such a small business. I would prefer to work in large scale commercial jobs than handling service calls.

Journeyman Plumber in Waukegan:
"Is it worth dying for?"
You are exposed to every communicable disease known to man AND chemical AND heavy metal poisoning.

Journeyman Plumber in St. Louis:
"Plumbing career choice."
Attend as many classes as possible.

Journeyman Plumber in Austin:
"How satisfying."
It was much more satisfying than expected.

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Key Stats for Journeyman Plumber

Gender

Female
0 %
Male
100 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 172 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
23%

Experience Affects Journeyman Plumber Salaries

▲8%

▲3%

National Average
$52,000

▼5%

Entry-Level
▼20%

Skills That Affect Journeyman Plumber Salaries

foreman
▲30%

Commercial
▲14%

Blueprints
▲4%

National Average
$52,000

Plumbing
▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 172 votes.

Gender

Female
0 %
Male
100 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
no benefits
None: 40%