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How Much Do Plumbers Make

A Roto-Rooter new hire will be trained to become a highly skilled service technician. As such, our expert Roto-Rooter plumbing technicians earn not only a great income, but they receive exceptional benefits and flexible schedules making it a perfect career choice for many. And, while the average salary depends on the market and how much you are willing to work, the average for our team members ranges from $55,000 annually to more than $100,000+. Combined with an excellent benefit package that includes medical, dental and disability insurance, profit sharing, retirement plans and paid vacation, a career with Roto-Rooter can be highly financially rewarding.

The median salary for a plumber was $51,450 in 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. The best-paid pulled in about $90,530, while those in the bottom 10 percent earned $30,430 a year. Apprentices who are just starting out could make 30 to 50 percent less than a fully trained plumber as they learn the trade. Typically, Roto-Rooter’s pay scale beats the national average for plumbers.

With an average salary of $56,030 in 2016, plumbers earn more than other professions according to the US News Best Construction Jobs list. General construction workers earned an average of $37,890 in 2016, while insulation contractors made $45,070 and carpenters made $48,340. Electricians earned a comparable average salary to plumbers of $56,650 in 2016.

The question can be asked many ways: What is the average plumber salary? How much does a plumber make? How much is a Master Plumber’s salary? In short, is a plumbing salary worth the time and effort that it will take to complete years of plumbing courses and become a plumber? The facts suggest that the time invested is well worth the effort. Master Plumbers often command six figure salaries because their skills and knowledge are in short supply.

What Determines How Much a Plumber Can Earn?

How much you can earn working as a plumber depends on many factors. Variables that determine pay include your plumbing school education, where you work, your level (apprentice, journeyman, or master plumber), years of experience, the type of work you do, and the kind of employer you work for.

At the beginning of their career while taking plumbing classes, a union plumbing apprentice may earn $15,000-$20,000 in the first year. In contrast, at Roto-Rooter, first year plumbing service technicians earn $45,000 a year on average. A highly experienced Master Plumber could earn more than $200,000 at the higher end of the scale. The path you take in your plumbing career will depend on your personal objectives. The good news is that there is a wide variety of plumbing work available and the pay is generally quite attractive.

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