Plumbers Wage Rates – What Are Plumbers Paid Hourly? (Its More Than You Think)

October 17, 2019 Off By Ida Jones

Some jobs are necessary no matter what is going on with the economy. A plumber is one profession that is always needed. When you have a problem with your pipes, the plumber is a necessity. This is why many people are deciding to become plumbers. But, there is the question of just how much this profession pays hourly.

A plumber will make different amounts depending on experience. Those who are training will not make as much as someone who has been working at this profession for years. Members of unions will make more than those who do not belong. This is why the following are estimates depending on different factors.

Looking at average salaries for a plumber working in the U.S., the numbers are often difficult to understand. For instance, the listed salary of $27,000 per year is arrived at by averaging all plumbing jobs. This breaks down to mean that a helper in the plumbing profession will make $18,000 per year while a licensed plumber makes about $47,000. In order to keep clear on these figures, let’s look at them on a $20,000, $30,000 and $40,000 basis.

When starting in this profession, the apprentice is learning while getting paid. This is why they are called plumber’s helpers and this is the starting rate of around $18,000 per year. After learning the basics and getting to the point where they do not need much supervision, they become a plumber helper. The pay rate can increase to $25,000 a year. This averages out from $9 to $12 per hour.

When they are no longer considered a helper, they may make $30,000 per year. After learning enough to specialize in this profession, the plumber can earn more and more. The specialists in some fields such as Oil & GA can earn about $33,000 and the more specialized plumbers may earn more – such as the high 30s. Averaging out to about $15 to $19 per hour for plumbers is about the amounts made.

If you are a licensed journeyman plumber, a technician or a pipe fitter in the plumbing field, you may make the high end job rates. They are about $40,000 to $50,000 per year. This averages out to $20 to $25 per hour.

One thing that needs to be pointed here is that all these figures are based on a 40 hour work week. In short, it is base pay. Needless to say, there are those who work far more than a 40 work week. As such, their income will increase significantly. Conversely, there are those who may only work part-time and earn less as a result. Really, the amount of money you earn will be based on how often you work and how much work you desire to perform.

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