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The Essential Plumber Salary Guide for 2023

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If you’re looking to hire a plumber to join your team, you probably have some questions about what to pay them. To help you, we’ve put together the essential plumber salary guide with up-to-date, crowdsourced data courtesy of Payscale. Below, you will find plumber salary information based on national averages, years of experience, job title, and geographic location.

How much do plumbers make in the United States?

There are a few factors that will affect the salary you pay your plumbers. Things to ask yourself include:

  • How much do plumbers make a year on average in the U.S.?
  • What is the average plumber hourly rate in the U.S. vs. annual salary?
  • How much experience does the plumber that you’re looking at hiring have?
  • How much does an apprentice plumber make compared with a Journeyman or Master Plumber?
  • How much do plumbers make in the state where they live?
  • Plumbers earn $54,605 per year on average
  • A plumber’s hourly rate is $22.64 on average
  • Apprentice plumbers earn $36,526 per year on average
  • Journeyman plumbers earn $56,054 per year on average

Average Plumber Salary in the U.S.

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To help you better understand how to determine what you pay your employees, we have provided a detailed breakdown of plumber salaries by state and by years of experience.

Use this information to ensure you are paying fair plumber wages in your state to help attract and retain top performers.

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State-by-state average plumber salaries

Where your plumber works will affect their average income. For example, you might be asking yourself, “How much do plumbers make in California compared to plumbers in Texas?” To illustrate, Plumbers working in California earn $62,681 on average, whereas the average plumber salary in Texas is $50,917 and $47,294 in Florida.

Average Salary by State (USD)

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  • $60,000-$64,999
  • $55,000-$59,999
  • $50,000-$54,999
  • $45,000-$49,999
  • $40,000-$44,999

Plumber salaries by years of experience

Plumbers’ salaries increase as they earn experience. For example, a plumber’s starting salary is $40,023 on average, whereas plumbers with 19+ years of experience earn $66,764 on average. Here are national averages based on their levels of experience.

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Salaries for licensed and certified plumbers

If you’re wondering what the average licensed plumber salary is, keep in mind that plumbers are highly regulated in most of the U.S., so a license and certification are likely required to work in the field. Plumbers will work as apprentices first on their way to becoming journeymen, then master plumbers (here’s a guide to certification in the U.S.). Their salaries will increase as they reach each stage.

Average Salary by Job Title (USD)
Apprentice Plumber
Journeyman Plumber
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So qualified plumbers have their pick. That puts pressure on me to offer them a salary that is more competitive than the market.

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