Plumber salary

In the United States, the average wage for a plumber is $28.79 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which comes out to around $59,880 per year.

Plumber career snapshot

Median pay

$59,880 ($28.79/hr)

Required degrees

None

10-year job growth

5% (Average)

Working as a plumber comes with many benefits including job stability, the ability to work in a variety of locations, and the chance to make a good living. 

Plumber salary overview

The median plumber salary is $59,880. The salary of a plumber varies with experience, and typically ranges from $36,700 to $59,880.

  • Median Annual Salary: $55,160 ($26.52 per hour)
  • Top 10% Annual Salary: $97,170 ($46.72 per hour)
  • Bottom 10% Salary: $32,690 ($15.72 per hour)

Plumber median annual salary (2010-2019)

Plumber salary by state

The salary range of a plumber, as with many other careers, varies by state. You have a higher earning potential in states like Illinois, Oregon, and Alaska. The earning potential of a plumber is lowest in states like South Dakota, Mississippi, and Arkansas.

Below you can see a breakdown of the average plumber salary by state.

State 10th Percentile 25th Percentile 50th Percentile (Median) 75th Percentile 90th Percentile
Alabama $28,570 $35,940 $46,510 $57,030 $64,290
Alaska $54,810 $64,340 $79,080 $94,130 $103,930
Arizona $31,830 $37,360 $46,790 $60,320 $77,340
Arkansas $27,450 $33,500 $42,400 $53,970 $62,390
California $32,950 $41,430 $57,660 $79,720 $115,500
Colorado $33,750 $41,360 $52,250 $63,640 $78,610
Connecticut $36,740 $50,400 $63,930 $84,630 $97,630
Delaware $39,910 $46,830 $60,750 $77,840 $93,600
District of Columbia $33,210 $51,600 $71,800 $92,340 $101,670
Florida $28,730 $34,920 $43,220 $52,260 $62,840
Georgia $28,510 $35,560 $46,760 $59,330 $74,470
Hawaii $39,580 $50,290 $64,310 $88,320 $101,300
Idaho $22,080 $32,980 $48,470 $62,470 $73,770
Illinois $44,700 $63,460 $91,210 $108,040 $123,350
Indiana $34,250 $43,000 $59,550 $77,560 $94,950
Iowa $34,090 $42,710 $57,350 $72,830 $84,820
Kansas $32,630 $39,600 $52,780 $71,580 $92,220
Kentucky $33,450 $42,480 $56,370 $71,170 $79,910
Louisiana $34,880 $43,800 $55,150 $65,630 $78,130
Maine $35,160 $43,170 $52,010 $59,590 $64,250
Maryland $36,040 $45,270 $57,930 $74,030 $92,830
Massachusetts $39,820 $51,840 $68,180 $90,750 $119,990
Michigan $33,210 $44,550 $65,750 $78,780 $92,130
Minnesota $40,440 $54,230 $74,240 $93,290 $105,240
Mississippi $29,690 $37,120 $47,430 $57,020 $62,480
Missouri $35,390 $46,510 $63,770 $86,620 $98,940
Montana $32,310 $46,100 $59,290 $72,690 $82,100
Nebraska $32,640 $42,010 $59,720 $74,160 $82,280
Nevada $35,990 $43,930 $55,670 $79,100 $100,830
New Hampshire $35,440 $43,770 $53,150 $65,530 $79,570
New Jersey $39,630 $52,430 $67,820 $99,280 $122,250
New Mexico $28,460 $34,560 $44,260 $55,630 $67,290
New York $36,920 $48,650 $65,970 $93,610 $121,980
North Carolina $29,130 $35,740 $44,170 $52,380 $62,450
North Dakota $36,110 $44,590 $55,140 $62,490 $74,860
Ohio $31,690 $39,920 $55,280 $72,450 $82,140
Oklahoma $28,000 $34,870 $48,710 $64,650 $76,570
Oregon $38,050 $50,240 $72,880 $94,990 $114,900
Pennsylvania $33,700 $41,890 $53,660 $72,600 $100,970
Rhode Island $33,630 $40,720 $50,200 $70,660 $83,230
South Carolina $31,210 $36,950 $46,240 $56,000 $63,410
South Dakota $31,900 $35,240 $41,100 $52,540 $62,420
Tennessee $32,160 $38,360 $47,990 $59,210 $71,260
Texas $28,840 $37,710 $50,780 $61,030 $71,320
Utah $27,280 $36,990 $52,620 $63,440 $79,100
Vermont $34,420 $40,490 $52,570 $60,010 $65,600
Virginia $33,200 $39,140 $51,430 $60,110 $69,390
Washington $37,260 $50,310 $68,640 $93,330 $116,940
West Virginia $28,560 $36,140 $51,380 $66,590 $77,430
Wisconsin $39,170 $52,110 $67,480 $86,950 $99,270
Wyoming $35,070 $43,430 $54,830 $67,330 $79,310

How experience affects plumber salary

Experience is the largest factor when it comes to how much you will make as a plumber. The average salary at each career level is broken down below:

  • Entry Level: $36,700 per year
  • Junior Level: $46,590 per year
  • Mid-Level: $59,880 per year
  • Senior Level: $77,890 per year
  • Top Level: $99,920 per year

Plumber salaries vs other careers

The salary of a plumber compares relatively well with other jobs. The median salaries of different occupations are compared with the median salary of a plumber below:

  • Plumbers: $59,880
  • All Occupations: $47,860
  • Construction Workers: $47,860
  • Electricians: $60,040
  • Welders: $47,010
  • HVAC technicians: $48,630
  • Boilermakers: $64,290

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