Plumber earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Plumber salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Illinois $95,090
Oregon $79,330
Alaska $79,000
Minnesota $78,660
Massachusetts $78,210
District of Columbia $77,240
New Jersey $76,920
New York $76,810
Washington $73,860
Hawaii $73,590
Wisconsin $71,690
Michigan $63,770
Connecticut $63,060
Delaware $62,640
California $62,390
Montana $62,320
Ohio $61,670
Indiana $61,390
Nevada $60,940
Rhode Island $60,910
North Dakota $60,780
Iowa $60,510
Pennsylvania $60,360
Maryland $59,940
New Hampshire $59,740
Louisiana $59,380
Colorado $59,090
Kentucky $59,080
Maine $58,510
Georgia $55,890
Missouri $54,550
Utah $50,880
Nebraska $50,260
Vermont $49,170
Texas $48,940
Kansas $48,710
Tennessee $48,600
Virginia $48,510
Virgin Islands, U.S. $48,450
West Virginia $48,450
Arizona $48,370
South Carolina $48,000
Wyoming $48,000
Florida $47,710
Idaho $47,710
North Carolina $47,540
Oklahoma $47,490
New Mexico $47,120
Alabama $47,070
South Dakota $47,060
Mississippi $47,040
Arkansas $45,660
Guam $37,950
Puerto Rico $22,740

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 Rhode Island. On average, they make less than ironworkers but more than carpenters.

Career Median Salary
Ironworker salary $79K
Building inspector salary $63K
Surveyor salary $61K
Cement mason salary $73K
Brickmason salary $61K
Pipefitter salary $61K
Plumber salary $61K
HVAC technician salary $61K
Roofer salary $59K
Carpenter salary $55K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)