Salary for Plumbers

Also known as:  Fire Sprinkler Installer, Gas Main Fitter, Gas Plumber, Hydraulic Plumber, Industrial Gas Fitter, Marine Pipefitter, Marine Steamfitter, Master Plumber, Pipe Fitter, Plumber


Plumbers repair, install and maintain pipes that carry liquids and gases- such as water, air and steam- through homes, schools, businesses and other locations. Plumbing can be strenuous as workers must utilize tight spaces and are often required to lift and carry heavy objects. To become a plumber one must first earn his or her high school diploma or GED. Most states require plumbers to hold an official license to be able to practice. Employers will often certify plumbers through their own apprenticeship programs, but many vocational schools have plumbing programs as well.

A Plumber can expect a compensation in a range of 40000 to 60000 based on seniority. Plumbers can expect an average compensation of Fifty Thousand Five Hundred dollars yearly.

Plumbers have the highest average potential salary in Illinois, where they receive average pay of near $67610. People in this job function obtain the most salary in Management of Companies and Enterprises, where they receive salary pay of $66500.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 14.28 percent nationwide in that time.
Plumbers tend to make the most in the following industries
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $66,500
Management of Companies and Enterprises $55,280
Health Care and Social Assistance $53,880
Transportation and Warehousing $53,570
Utilities $53,330
Educational Services $51,840
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Retail Trade $36,550
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $41,750
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $45,840
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $46,800
Wholesale Trade $47,590
Accommodation and Food Services $48,160