Plumber Salary

Men account for the majority of Plumbers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.27 per hour. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Plumbers. Ranging between $29K near the bottom and $78K near the top, total earnings can include up to $6K from bonuses and up to $5K from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $29K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career length and the particular employer. For the most part, Plumbers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — a little less than half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by slightly more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately one in three. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$29,051 - $90,225
$29K
$51K
$90K
MEDIAN: $50,982
10%
50%
90%

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$13.58 - $33.31
$14
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $20.49
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50%
90%

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$0$90K
Salary $29,051 - $90,225
Bonus $245 - $8,124
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $4,966
Commission $292 - $20,702
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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$29,529 - $79,509
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 530
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $13.58 - $33.31
Hourly Tips $0.11 - $3.57
Overtime $19.15 - $50.58
Annual Data $0$79K
Bonus $245 - $8,124
Commission $292 - $20,702
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $4,966
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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$29,529 - $79,509
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,660

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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It's not very common for Plumbers to move on to become Construction Project Managers. Average pay for a Construction Project Manager is $70K annually. Plumbers typically move into roles as Master Plumbers or Lead Plumbers, and those positions pay $7K more and $6K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Plumber


ABC Plumbing offers the largest salaries in town — $51K on average.

Roto-Rooter offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $41K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $25K to $70K.

Pay by Experience Level for Plumber

Pay by Experience for a Plumber has a positive trend. An entry-level Plumber with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 1,104 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Plumber with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 840 salaries. An experienced Plumber which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 1,194 salaries. A Plumber with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 683 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,019

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

For Plumbers, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Plumbers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+31 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Washington (+16 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Charlotte, 14 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Miami and Orlando (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Q: What is it like working as a Plumber?

Plumber in Nashville:
"It's a job."
Pros: The pay check. Being gainfully employed.
Cons: Having to be up at 3:30 in the morning to drive an hour and a half to work.

Plumber in Washingtonville:
"Rewarding and Stressfull."
Pros: Looking back on your work, be it a boiler, a toilet, or a large project. The satisfaction of a job well done. Something different everyday. Always changing.
Cons: The stress of dealing with the boss and the customers. Fighting for someone elses money. Getting covered in sewage. Hot attics and tight and filthy crawlspaces.

Plumber in Washington:
"Great!"
Pros: Learning new things. Every day different projects.
Cons: Low pay rate and hard work. Most of the time.

Plumber in Waterford:
Pros: Pays the bills.
Cons: Little to no advancement opportunity.

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Key Stats for Plumber

Gender

Female
0 %
Male
100 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 426 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
22%

Experience Affects Plumber Salaries

▲16%

▲9%

National Average
$47,000

▼2%

▼25%

Skills That Affect Plumber Salaries

Field Sales
▲47%

Construction Estimating
▲38%

Technical Services
▲29%

System Repair
▲10%

▲9%

master plumber
▲7%

Customer Service
▲6%

▲2%

Troubleshooting
▲1%

Welding
▲1%

National Average
$47,000

▼2%

▼6%

Project Management
▼10%

Commercial
▼11%

Soldering
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 426 votes.

Gender

Female
0 %
Male
100 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
no benefits
None: 47%