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How much does a Plumber make in the United States?

Average Plumber Hourly Wage in the United States

Plumbers earn a median hourly wage of $24.74. Hourly wages typically start from $14.63 and go up to $43.53.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Plumber Yearly Salary in the United States

Plumbers earn a median salary of $51,450 per year. Salaries typically start from $30,430 and go up to $90,530.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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How much one can earn working as a plumber depends on many factors. Variables that determine pay include plumbing school education, place of employment, one's level (apprentice, journeyman, or master plumber), years of experience, type of work, and the kind of employer one works for.

Apprentice plumbers who are just starting out could make 30% - 50% less than a fully trained plumber. As an apprentice, one shouldn’t be too focused on salary. The employer is paying a salary and investing a lot of time and money in the training. The goal is simply to get a plumbing education, master the skills of the trade, and advance to the point of journeyman and getting a plumbing license. There will be a lot more flexibility in work as well as increased pay once that is achieved.

Once the level of journeyman has been achieved (and with a few years of experience), one should be earning the average plumber salary for their area. The BLS reports that the national average plumber's salary is approximately $50,000.

Those that have the most autonomy in their work are master plumbers, and compared to an apprentice and a journeyman, have the highest earning potential. Some master plumbers will earn well in excess of $100,000.

Employment Type Mix

76%
Full-Time
24%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

3.1
SCORE
225
RATINGS
Plumbers average a score of 3.1 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Plumbers in the 60th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Plumber Earnings by Seniority

Top End Plumber Earnings

The highest earning Plumbers in the United States earn:

$43.53
an hour
$90,530
per year
Senior Plumber Earnings

Senior Plumbers in the United States earn:

$33.06
an hour
$68,770
per year
Experienced Plumber Earnings

Experienced Plumbers in the United States earn:

$24.74
an hour
$51,450
per year
Junior Plumber Earnings

Junior Plumbers in the United States earn:

$18.53
an hour
$38,530
per year
Starting Plumber Earnings

Starting Plumbers in the United States earn:

$14.63
an hour
$30,430
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Plumber salary comparison

Plumbers earn more than 63% percent of Trades careers. Plumber salaries are in the bottom 59% of all careers in the United States.

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Source:

Historical salary for Plumbers in the United States

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Plumber salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Plumber Salary in New York $33.12 $68,900 # 1
Plumber Salary in Illinois $38.53 $80,140 # 2
Plumber Salary in Oregon $35.76 $74,390 # 3
Plumber Salary in New Jersey $29.66 $61,690 # 4
Plumber Salary in Minnesota $33.44 $69,560 # 5
Plumber Salary in Massachusetts $30.50 $63,440 # 6
Plumber Salary in Washington $28.50 $59,270 # 7
Plumber Salary in Wisconsin $32.65 $67,920 # 8
Plumber Salary in Missouri $29.56 $61,480 # 9
Plumber Salary in Rhode Island $24.84 $51,670 # 10
Plumber Salary in Michigan $30.58 $63,610 # 11
Plumber Salary in Montana $28.52 $59,320 # 12
Plumber Salary in Pennsylvania $25.33 $52,680 # 13
Plumber Salary in Indiana $27.30 $56,780 # 14
Plumber Salary in West Virginia $26.13 $54,360 # 15
Plumber Salary in Maryland $25.96 $54,000 # 16
Plumber Salary in Ohio $25.64 $53,330 # 17
Plumber Salary in New Hampshire $26.08 $54,250 # 18
Plumber Salary in Nebraska $24.53 $51,020 # 19
Plumber Salary in North Dakota $25.79 $53,630 # 20
Plumber Salary in Kentucky $23.60 $49,080 # 21
Plumber Salary in Nevada $22.93 $47,700 # 22
Plumber Salary in Maine $25.42 $52,880 # 23
Plumber Salary in Kansas $22.35 $46,480 # 24
Plumber Salary in Vermont $25.19 $52,400 # 25
Plumber Salary in Utah $24.78 $51,540 # 26
Plumber Salary in Louisiana $23.80 $49,510 # 27
Plumber Salary in Oklahoma $22.23 $46,230 # 28
Plumber Salary in Tennessee $22.36 $46,500 # 29
Plumber Salary in Wyoming $22.98 $47,790 # 30
Plumber Salary in Iowa $22.88 $47,580 # 31
Plumber Salary in Texas $21.60 $44,940 # 32
Plumber Salary in Virginia $21.36 $44,430 # 33
Plumber Salary in Mississippi $21.12 $43,920 # 34
Plumber Salary in New Mexico $20.22 $42,050 # 35
Plumber Salary in South Carolina $20.31 $42,250 # 36
Plumber Salary in North Carolina $19.85 $41,280 # 37
Plumber Salary in South Dakota $19.91 $41,410 # 38
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
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