Master Plumber Salary

Men make up the majority of Master Plumbers in the United States, bringing in about $25.44 per hour. In the world of Master Plumbers, total cash compensation ranges from $41K on the lower end to $91K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $15K and profit sharing that approaches $60K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $20K. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Master Plumbers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to one-third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by nearly two in five. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,274 - $98,697
$38K
$59K
$99K
MEDIAN: $59,240
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$19.25 - $38.80
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MEDIAN: $25.59
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$0$98K
Salary $38,274 - $98,697
Bonus $480 - $14,758
Profit Sharing $485 - $15,205
Commission $585 - $11,281
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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$40,472 - $90,379
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 445
Hourly Data $0$59
Hourly Rate $19.25 - $38.80
Hourly Tips $2.25
Overtime $25.83 - $59.09
Annual Data $0$90K
Bonus $480 - $14,758
Commission $585 - $11,281
Profit Sharing $485 - $15,205
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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$40,472 - $90,379
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,041

Job Description for Master Plumber

Master plumbers are highly experienced and skilled plumbers; in some states, this position requires licensing to provide proof of their experience. They are often the first plumber to arrive at a job site to inspect the customer's problems and develop a plan with the customer. They then inform their crew of the situation and delegate tasks to them. A master plumber often reserves the most difficult tasks either for themselves or as an opportunity to teach apprentice plumbers. It is the master plumber's job to ensure that all work is carried out quickly and efficiently and to ensure a quick remedy to a customer's situation.

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Master Plumber Tasks

  • Assemble, install, and repair pipes, appliances and fixtures.
  • Supervise and complete installation of plumbing equipment.
  • Read and design blueprints.
  • Complete state licensing requirements.

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Popular Skills for Master Plumber


Master Plumbers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, HVAC System Design, Project Management, and master plumber are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Plumbing also know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Master Plumber

Pay by Experience for a Master Plumber has a positive trend. An entry-level Master Plumber with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 34 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Master Plumber with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 111 salaries. An experienced Master Plumber which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 380 salaries. A Master Plumber with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 465 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,724

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

For Master Plumbers, location is an influential factor in determining pay. American cities to the east — New York, Boston, and Baltimore — all offer salaries upward of the national average; in fact, these names represent the highest-paid cities for Master Plumbers in the country. Place of residence plays a huge part in a Master Plumber's salary, with Montgomery Master Plumbers earning salaries that are 26 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Grand Rapids (16 percent less) and Richmond (8 percent less).

Master Plumber Advice

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

Master Plumber in Shreveport:
"Hard work pays off."
Plumbing is a great profession with a good pay depending on the company you work for low stress.

Master Plumber in Houston:
"Comfortable stressful but rewarding."
Pros: I'm designing, building and my department installs plumbing systems that go into a product that is designed to save lives, and I enjoy working with everyone at the company.
Cons: Our policy for paid time off is not an industry standard, I work more than 40 hours a week regularly, but still have to use PTO when I leave early (Dr. Appointment) or miss a day due to illness.

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Key Stats for Master Plumber

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 183 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
54%

Experience Affects Master Plumber Salaries

▲3%

National Average
$57,000

▼2%

▼9%

Entry-Level
▼17%

Skills That Affect Master Plumber Salaries

Customer Service
▲6%

HVAC System Design
▲2%


master plumber
▲1%

National Average
$57,000

▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 183 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
54%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
no benefits
None: 35%