A person working as a Plumber in United States typically earns around 32,200 USD per year. Salaries range from 17,400 USD (lowest) to 48,700 USD (highest).
This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Plumber salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Plumber salaries in United States range from 17,400 USD per year (minimum salary) to 48,700 USD per year (maximum salary).
The median salary is 29,600 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Plumber(s) are earning less than 29,600 USD while the other half are earning more than 29,600 USD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Plumber(s) are earning less than 21,200 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 21,200 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Plumber(s) are earning less than 36,000 USD while 25% are earning more than 36,000 USD.
Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary
The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Plumber salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
A Plumber with less than two years of experience makes approximately 20,200 USD per year.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 25,500 USD per year, 26% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 33,700 USD per year, 32% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Plumber(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 39,600 USD per year, 18% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.
If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 43,800 USD per year, 11% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 46,600 USD per year, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+26%|
|5 - 10 Years||+32%|
|10 - 15 Years||+18%|
|15 - 20 Years||+11%|
We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Plumber salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Plumber is 25,500 USD per year.
While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 34,900 USD per year, 37% more than someone having a High School degree.
A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 44,900 USD per year, 29% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.
|Certificate or Diploma||+37%|
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Plumber employees in United States earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.
Plumber(s) in United States are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.
The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.
The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United States for the year 2021. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.
A Plumber is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.
74% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 26% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 2% of their annual salary.
The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.Company Performance Bonuses
Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.Goal-Based Bonuses
Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.Holiday / End of Year Bonuses
These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.
People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting Cast|
Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.
Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.
Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.
Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.
The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.
The average salary for Plumber is 42% less than that of Construction / Building / Installation. Also, Construction / Building / Installation salaries are 41% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Boat Builder and Shipwright||47,500 USD||+47%|
|Building Administrator||41,700 USD||+29%|
|Building Contracts Manager||131,000 USD||+310%|
|Building Inspector||37,900 USD||+18%|
|Building Monitor||30,400 USD||-6%|
|Building Sales Manager||128,000 USD||+300%|
|Civil Engineer||88,700 USD||+180%|
|Civil Technician||45,800 USD||+42%|
|Construction and Maintenance Manager||73,400 USD||+130%|
|Construction Assistant||34,200 USD||+6%|
|Construction Coordinator||50,800 USD||+58%|
|Construction Estimator||58,100 USD||+80%|
|Construction Field Engineer||80,200 USD||+150%|
|Construction General Manager||162,000 USD||+400%|
|Construction Inventory Officer||30,500 USD||-5%|
|Construction Operations Manager||154,000 USD||+380%|
|Construction Project Coordinator||93,900 USD||+190%|
|Construction Project Engineer||90,900 USD||+180%|
|Construction Project Manager||163,000 USD||+410%|
|Construction Project Planner||85,200 USD||+160%|
|Construction Quality Control Manager||125,000 USD||+290%|
|Construction Safety Officer||55,200 USD||+71%|
|Construction Superintendent||56,300 USD||+75%|
|Construction Supervisor||86,100 USD||+170%|
|Construction Technical Assistant||31,900 USD||-1%|
|Construction Technical Officer||40,400 USD||+25%|
|Construction Technical Writer||36,100 USD||+12%|
|Construction Technician||32,100 USD||-0%|
|Crane and Tower Operator||32,600 USD||+1%|
|Diesel Mechanic||28,100 USD||-13%|
|Drywall Installer||31,900 USD||-1%|
|Electrical Draftsman||32,700 USD||+1%|
|Electrical Engineering Supervisor||103,000 USD||+220%|
|Electrical Engineering Technician||38,200 USD||+19%|
|Elevator Installer and Repairer||40,700 USD||+26%|
|Excavator Operator||31,400 USD||-3%|
|Floor Finisher||36,000 USD||+12%|
|Floor Manager||50,200 USD||+56%|
|Frame and Truss Detailer||27,900 USD||-13%|
|Furniture Finisher||30,200 USD||-6%|
|Gas Technician||27,700 USD||-14%|
|Health and Safety Coordinator||37,300 USD||+16%|
|Health and Safety Officer||43,600 USD||+35%|
|Installation Manager||108,000 USD||+240%|
|Insulation Installer||32,300 USD||+0%|
|Land Surveyor||38,600 USD||+20%|
|Lift Technician||30,800 USD||-4%|
|Material Tester||44,800 USD||+39%|
|Model Maker||47,500 USD||+47%|
|Order Picker||27,400 USD||-15%|
|Pipe Layer||25,600 USD||-21%|
|Property Coordinator||73,000 USD||+130%|
|Purchasing Manager||104,000 USD||+220%|
|Quantity Surveyor||57,000 USD||+77%|
|Roof Slater and Tiler||27,900 USD||-13%|
|Sheet Metal Mechanic||31,700 USD||-2%|
|Site Clerk||30,900 USD||-4%|
|Site engineer||77,300 USD||+140%|
|Site Leader||137,000 USD||+330%|
|Stock Controller||43,700 USD||+36%|
|Structural Steel Construction Worker||33,300 USD||+3%|
|Technical Draughtsman||33,700 USD||+5%|
|Tendering Manager||136,000 USD||+320%|
|Tower Crane Operator||31,100 USD||-3%|
|Wall and Floor Tiler||29,800 USD||-8%|
|Warehouse Manager||97,100 USD||+200%|
|Welding Superintendent||34,500 USD||+7%|
|Iowa City||26,700 USD|
|Kansas City||31,100 USD|
|Las Vegas||32,700 USD|
|Long Beach||30,300 USD|
|Los Angeles||37,500 USD|
|New Orleans||31,100 USD|
|New York||40,300 USD|
|Oklahoma City||34,200 USD|
|San Antonio||36,500 USD|
|San Diego||38,900 USD|
|San Francisco||36,200 USD|
|San Jose||37,700 USD|
|Washington D.C.||35,200 USD|
|District of Columbia||29,100 USD|
|New Hampshire||30,900 USD|
|New Jersey||35,400 USD|
|New Mexico||31,000 USD|
|New York||35,700 USD|
|North Carolina||34,300 USD|
|North Dakota||30,600 USD|
|Rhode Island||29,300 USD|
|South Carolina||32,400 USD|
|South Dakota||31,500 USD|
|West Virginia||30,000 USD|
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United States earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.