How Much Do Plumbers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Plumbers assemble, install, or repair pipes, fittings, or fixtures of heating, water, or drainage systems, according to specifications or plumbing codes.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$61100 per year
Hourly wage
$29 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$33,460 to $42,330 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$16 to $20 per hour

Entry-level Plumbers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $33,460 to $42,330 per year or $16 to $20 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Plumbers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $48 $98,990
Senior (Top 25%) $36 $75,370
Middle (Mid 50%) $27 $56,330
Junior (Bottom 25%) $20 $42,330
No experience (Bottom 10%) $16 $33,460

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
AK $42 $88,150
IL $42 $87,880
MA $39 $80,860
MN $37 $76,080
NJ $36 $75,840
OR $36 $75,800
WA $36 $74,960
DC $35 $73,300
NY $35 $71,770
CA $33 $69,070

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Plumber is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like AK doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at AK might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Plumbers are in the states of AK, IL, MA, MN and NJ.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Rail Transportation $83480 $40.14
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $81290 $39.08
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $76970 $37.00
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $75470 $36.28
Educational Support Services $73800 $35.48
Spectator Sports $73270 $35.23
Warehousing and Storage $73070 $35.13
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $72780 $34.99
Technical and Trade Schools $72670 $34.94
Offices of Physicians $72350 $34.79
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing $72330 $34.77
Management of Companies and Enterprises $71860 $34.55
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events $71130 $34.20
Natural Gas Distribution $71050 $34.16
Scientific Research and Development Services $70900 $34.09
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills $70730 $34.01
Real Estate $69980 $33.64
Grain and Oilseed Milling $69740 $33.53
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing $69180 $33.26
Rubber Product Manufacturing $69030 $33.19
Specialty Hospitals $68980 $33.16
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance $68910 $33.13
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $68690 $33.03
Chemical Manufacturing $66980 $32.20
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing $66730 $32.08
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $66460 $31.95
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas $66350 $31.90
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Repair and Maintenance $66290 $31.87
Waste Treatment and Disposal $66120 $31.79
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $65970 $31.72

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