Plumber Salary

By on October 18, 2010 in ArticlesHow Much Does

How much does a plumber make? If you are looking into a career as a plumber, you might ask how much does a plumber make? If you've ever needed to bring in a plumber to fix your pipes in your home, you know it doesn't come cheap. As a general rule, experienced plumbers make a good living in their chosen profession. Plumbers typically are trained either through a vocational school or through an apprenticeship. Hands-on training is needed and provides the best education for this industry. There is a final test plumbers must pass to obtain a license at the end of their education.

How much does a plumber make?

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How much does a plumber make in different states?

A 2008 Time magazine article states that a plumber's salary varies depending on the region they work in, and if they are employed by others or own their own business. Journeymen plumbers in big cities like Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, or New York are in demand and earn a median salary of up to $250,000 a year. In Cincinnati a master plumbers with five to seven years experience can make up to $100,000 a year. The average earnings of a master plumber in California, Colorado, and New York is $60,000 a year.

How much does a plumber make per hour?

Statistics gathered in a 2002 report by the U.S. Department of Labor show plumbers with the most experience make a good living wage. Plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters and pipelayers are among the highest paid construction jobs.

Nonresidential building construction pays $19.65 an hour

Building equipment contractors pays $19.52 an hour

Utility system construction pays $17.81 an hour

Ship and boat building pays $16.62 an hour

Local government pays $16.21 an hour

Licensed plumbers who are self employed and experienced generally charge between $35-$150 per hour, depending on which part of the United States, depending on which part of the country you live in. Boston plumbers typically charge $125 or more per hour, while Maine plumbing charges vary between $45 & $75 per hour.

According to the 2002 report by the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary for the plumbing profession in the United States is $36,440 for a 40-hour work week per year. Plumbing apprentices get paid at about 50 percent of the wage rate experienced plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters and pipelayers make. In a 2006 report update by the U.S. Department of Labor, the median plumbing salary rose to $46,000 a year.

Plumbers who own their own plumbing businesses may have more costs during the recession because of the production costs of keeping their company up and running. Fortunately for plumbers who work for a company, this kind of work cannot be outsourced easily like information technology jobs. Plumbing is a hands on job requiring training, skill and experience, making plumbing a recession-resistant industry.

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