Plumber earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Plumber salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Illinois $84,390
Alaska $74,570
Minnesota $73,330
New York $67,120
Hawaii $64,700
Oregon $73,120
New Jersey $63,700
Massachusetts $64,300
District of Columbia $68,640
Wisconsin $67,830
Washington $62,980
Connecticut $61,060
Missouri $62,350
Delaware $60,030
Michigan $67,050
California $56,270
Montana $59,850
Maryland $57,180
Pennsylvania $54,390
Indiana $58,010
West Virginia $57,970
Kentucky $53,210
Ohio $55,330
Nevada $50,200
New Hampshire $53,410
Kansas $51,070
Nebraska $54,810
Louisiana $54,440
North Dakota $54,410
Wyoming $51,510
Colorado $51,890
Iowa $51,460
Utah $52,990
Vermont $52,050
Maine $51,090
Oklahoma $48,680
Virginia $49,960
Texas $49,280
Arizona $45,860
Virgin Islands $47,200
Tennessee $47,170
Georgia $46,650
Idaho $47,700
New Mexico $42,870
Mississippi $45,340
Alabama $44,880
South Carolina $44,310
Florida $42,130
North Carolina $43,140
South Dakota $41,980
Arkansas $41,340
Guam $34,470
Puerto Rico $19,440

How much does a Plumber earn?

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.

How do plumber salaries compare to similar careers?

Plumbers earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than maintenance workers but more than furniture finishers.

Career Median Salary
Maintenance worker salary $32K
Cement mason salary $35K
Electrician salary $37K
Woodworker salary $28K
HVAC technician salary $34K
Plumber salary $35K
Stone cutter salary $33K
Cabinetmaker salary $29K
Roofer salary $31K
Furniture finisher salary $32K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)