Plumber earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Plumber salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $74,570
Alabama $39,838
Arkansas $41,340
Arizona $42,403
California $56,270
Colorado $51,890
Connecticut $61,060
District of Columbia $68,640
Delaware $60,030
Florida $42,130
Georgia $46,650
Guam $34,470
Hawaii $73,810
Iowa $52,060
Idaho $43,693
Illinois $79,400
Indiana $57,622
Kansas $49,316
Kentucky $51,150
Louisiana $54,440
Massachusetts $64,300
Maryland $57,180
Maine $51,090
Michigan $67,050
Minnesota $73,330
Missouri $62,350
Mississippi $45,340
Montana $59,850
North Carolina $43,750
North Dakota $54,410
Nebraska $54,810
New Hampshire $55,180
New Jersey $71,370
New Mexico $42,870
Nevada $50,200
New York $67,120
Ohio $55,330
Oklahoma $48,680
Oregon $73,120
Pennsylvania $55,622
Puerto Rico $19,440
Rhode Island $51,670
South Carolina $44,310
South Dakota $41,980
Tennessee $47,170
Texas $49,280
Utah $52,990
Virginia $49,960
Virgin Islands $47,200
Vermont $52,050
Washington $62,980
Wisconsin $67,830
West Virginia $57,970
Wyoming $51,510

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 building and construction inspectors but more than tile and marble setters.

Career Median Salary
Building and construction inspector salary $61K
Marine electrician salary $63K
Crane operator salary $57K
Ironworker salary $55K
Pipefitter salary $54K
Plumber salary $51K
Brickmason salary $48K
Plasterer salary $45K
Cement mason salary $45K
Tile and marble setter salary $43K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)