Plumbers install and maintain the city’s water systems, drains and sewers. The most familiar type of plumber for most people is the residential plumber, whom they call when they have difficulties with water or sewage. Industrial plumbers do not work at home, but work on construction sites, laying pipelines and connecting water systems of companies, public services and other large-scale projects.
Basic residential plumbers
The “My Salary” website reported in February 2015 that the average annual income of a residential plumber was approximately US $ 40,000. This results in a little over US $ 19 per hour assuming a 40-hour work week with 52 weeks in the year. Between 10 and 25 percent earned between US $ 28,500 and US $ 34,000 per year, from US $ 13.70 to US $ 16.30 per hour. From 25 to 75 percent, it earned around US $ 34,000 to US $ 47,900 per year, which means US $ 16.30 to US $ 23 per hour. From 75 to 90 percent earned around US $ 47,900 to US $ 54,800 per year, or US $ 23 to US $ 26.30 per hour.
Intermediate residential plumbers
Also the “My Salary” website reported that intermediate-level plumbers earned approximately US $ 47,500 per year on average, or US $ 22.80 per hour. The qualifications for an intermediate residential plumber include having a high school diploma or its equivalent and two to five years of experience. Between 10 and 25 percent earned between US $ 35,400 and US $ 41,200 a year, meaning between US $ 17 and US $ 19.80 per hour. Between 25 and 75 percent earned between US $ 41,200 and US $ 54,000 a year, or US $ 19.80 to US $ 26 per hour. Finally, 75 to 90 percent earned approximately US $ 54,000 to US $ 59,900 per year, which is US $ 26 to US $ 28.80 per hour.
Advanced residential plumbers
A senior plumber earned approximately US $ 51,000 per year on average, or US $ 24.50 per hour. The “My Salary” site defines a high-level plumber as one who has at least a high school diploma or its equivalent, and more than five years of experience. From 10 to 25 percent earned between US $ 40,600 to US $ 45,600 per year, or US $ 19.50 to US $ 21.90 per hour. Between 25 and 75 percent earned US $ 45,600 to US $ 58,000, which equals US $ 21.90 to US $ 27.90 per hour. Between 75 and 90 percent earned between US $ 58,000 and US $ 64,400, or between US $ 27.90 and US $ 31 per hour.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States places industrial plumbers, tenders and pipe connectors in the same category. Since May 2008, the Office reported that this group of workers earned an average of US $ 21.94 per hour. 50 percent of this group earned between US $ 16.63 and US $ 29.66 per hour. The lowest ten percent reportedly earned less than US $ 13.22 per hour, while the ten percent earned more than US $ 37.93 per hour.