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Plumber Average Salary in United States 2022

How much money does a Plumber make in United States?

Average Yearly Salary
32,200 USD
( 2,690 USD monthly)


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 Salary Distribution in United States

Median and salary distribution yearly United States Plumber
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Plumber salaries in United States range from 17,400 USD per year (minimum salary) to 48,700 USD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median 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.

  • Percentiles

    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.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

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

Plumber Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United States Plumber
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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.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

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.

Plumber average salary change by experience in United States

0 - 2 Years
20,200 USD
2 - 5 Years+26%
25,500 USD
5 - 10 Years+32%
33,700 USD
10 - 15 Years+18%
39,600 USD
15 - 20 Years+11%
43,800 USD
20+ Years+6%
46,600 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Plumber Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Plumber(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly United States Plumber
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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.

Plumber average salary difference by education level in United States

High School
25,500 USD
Certificate or Diploma+37%
34,900 USD
Bachelor's Degree+29%
44,900 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Plumber Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United States Plumber
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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.

32,900 USD
31,400 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United States for all Careers

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Plumber Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United States

How much are annual salary increments in United States for Plumber(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United States Plumber
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

United States / All Professions

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.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

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

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United States is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Plumber Bonus and Incentive Rates in United States

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United States Plumber
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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.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

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.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

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.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting 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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

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.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

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.

Plumber Average Hourly Wage in United States

15 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States is 15 USD. This means that the average Plumber in United States earns approximately 15 USD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

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.

Plumber VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Plumber and Construction / Building / Installation yearly United States
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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.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Adjudicator37,700 USD+17%
Assembler30,900 USD-4%
Boat Builder and Shipwright47,500 USD+47%
Bricklayer25,300 USD-21%
Building Administrator41,700 USD+29%
Building Contracts Manager131,000 USD+310%
Building Inspector37,900 USD+18%
Building Monitor30,400 USD-6%
Building Sales Manager128,000 USD+300%
Cabinetmaker33,500 USD+4%
Carpenter34,700 USD+8%
Civil Engineer88,700 USD+180%
Civil Technician45,800 USD+42%
Concreter28,700 USD-11%
Construction and Maintenance Manager73,400 USD+130%
Construction Assistant34,200 USD+6%
Construction Coordinator50,800 USD+58%
Construction Estimator58,100 USD+80%
Construction Field Engineer80,200 USD+150%
Construction General Manager162,000 USD+400%
Construction Inventory Officer30,500 USD-5%
Construction Operations Manager154,000 USD+380%
Construction Project Coordinator93,900 USD+190%
Construction Project Engineer90,900 USD+180%
Construction Project Manager163,000 USD+410%
Construction Project Planner85,200 USD+160%
Construction Quality Control Manager125,000 USD+290%
Construction Safety Officer55,200 USD+71%
Construction Superintendent56,300 USD+75%
Construction Supervisor86,100 USD+170%
Construction Technical Assistant31,900 USD-1%
Construction Technical Officer40,400 USD+25%
Construction Technical Writer36,100 USD+12%
Construction Technician32,100 USD-0%
Crane and Tower Operator32,600 USD+1%
Diesel Mechanic28,100 USD-13%
Drywall Installer31,900 USD-1%
Electrical Draftsman32,700 USD+1%
Electrical Engineering Supervisor103,000 USD+220%
Electrical Engineering Technician38,200 USD+19%
Electrician44,600 USD+38%
Elevator Installer and Repairer40,700 USD+26%
Engineer89,200 USD+180%
Excavator Operator31,400 USD-3%
Floor Finisher36,000 USD+12%
Floor Manager50,200 USD+56%
Foreman25,100 USD-22%
Frame and Truss Detailer27,900 USD-13%
Furniture Finisher30,200 USD-6%
Gas Technician 27,700 USD-14%
Handyman26,100 USD-19%
Health and Safety Coordinator37,300 USD+16%
Health and Safety Officer43,600 USD+35%
Installation Manager108,000 USD+240%
Installer26,200 USD-19%
Insulation Installer32,300 USD+0%
Labourer23,600 USD-27%
Land Surveyor38,600 USD+20%
Lift Technician30,800 USD-4%
Material Tester44,800 USD+39%
Model Maker47,500 USD+47%
Order Picker27,400 USD-15%
Painter29,100 USD-10%
Pipe Layer25,600 USD-21%
Pipefitter26,300 USD-18%
Plumber32,200 USD-0%
Property Coordinator73,000 USD+130%
Purchasing Manager104,000 USD+220%
Quantity Surveyor57,000 USD+77%
Roof Slater and Tiler27,900 USD-13%
Sheet Metal Mechanic31,700 USD-2%
Site Clerk30,900 USD-4%
Site engineer77,300 USD+140%
Site Leader137,000 USD+330%
Stock Controller43,700 USD+36%
Structural Steel Construction Worker33,300 USD+3%
Technical Draughtsman33,700 USD+5%
Tendering Manager136,000 USD+320%
Tower Crane Operator31,100 USD-3%
Wall and Floor Tiler29,800 USD-8%
Warehouse Manager97,100 USD+200%
Welder25,700 USD-20%
Welding Superintendent34,500 USD+7%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta30,800 USD
Austin37,900 USD
Baltimore32,100 USD
Boston34,800 USD
Bristol26,500 USD
Chicago39,900 USD
Cincinnati29,600 USD
Cleveland28,000 USD
Dallas35,400 USD
Denver35,100 USD
Detroit33,400 USD
Honolulu27,400 USD
Houston38,000 USD
Indianapolis35,100 USD
Iowa City26,700 USD
Jacksonville36,500 USD
Kansas City31,100 USD
Kent27,400 USD
Las Vegas32,700 USD
Long Beach30,300 USD
Los Angeles37,500 USD
Memphis33,400 USD
Miami30,700 USD
Minneapolis28,900 USD
New Orleans31,100 USD
New York40,300 USD
Oakland29,300 USD
Oklahoma City34,200 USD
Orlando27,000 USD
Philadelphia37,100 USD
Phoenix37,900 USD
Sacramento31,700 USD
San Antonio36,500 USD
San Diego38,900 USD
San Francisco36,200 USD
San Jose37,700 USD
Seattle35,500 USD
Tampa28,700 USD
Vancouver27,100 USD
Washington D.C.35,200 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama33,400 USD
Alaska28,800 USD
Arizona33,800 USD
Arkansas34,100 USD
California38,400 USD
Colorado34,300 USD
Connecticut32,800 USD
Delaware30,100 USD
District of Columbia29,100 USD
Florida35,700 USD
Georgia38,200 USD
Hawaii32,300 USD
Idaho31,800 USD
Illinois37,100 USD
Indiana35,000 USD
Iowa31,900 USD
Kansas31,500 USD
Kentucky32,000 USD
Louisiana35,000 USD
Maine31,800 USD
Maryland35,400 USD
Massachusetts35,000 USD
Michigan35,800 USD
Minnesota33,400 USD
Mississippi31,100 USD
Missouri32,900 USD
Montana31,700 USD
Nebraska32,300 USD
Nevada32,600 USD
New Hampshire30,900 USD
New Jersey35,400 USD
New Mexico31,000 USD
New York35,700 USD
North Carolina34,300 USD
North Dakota30,600 USD
Ohio37,300 USD
Oklahoma33,500 USD
Oregon33,100 USD
Pennsylvania36,200 USD
Rhode Island29,300 USD
South Carolina32,400 USD
South Dakota31,500 USD
Tennessee36,300 USD
Texas38,200 USD
Utah32,000 USD
Vermont29,300 USD
Virginia35,100 USD
Washington34,300 USD
West Virginia30,000 USD
Wisconsin35,900 USD
Wyoming30,000 USD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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.

Private Sector
92,400 USD
Public Sector+5%
97,100 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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