Extra SkillsThere is more to plumbing than just replacing seals and removing clogs. Extra skill sets are not only in demand, but will increase salary. Knowing heating systems can add 10% to the salary of a plumber. The ability to read blueprints and weld pipes can each bring in 5-10% extra in the paycheck. These are just estimates, but someone with all three of these skills, in addition to plumbing skills, can expect to be a hot commodity.
Entry LevelThe first five years, when a plumber is still entry level, the salary averages just over $35K per year. By the time the middle of the plumbers careers happens (five to ten years in) the salary can reach an average of $45,000 annually. Where the salary really picks up is the last half of the career. Experienced plumbers, those with over 10 years of experience can expect to make just under $50,000 annually. Then, after 20+ years of experience, the salary for these adept professionals is over $52K on a yearly basis.
Best Paying Cities for PlumbersThe national average for a plumbers salary is around $45,000 per year. Some locations will pay more on average, this comes from cost of living demands and a need for plumbers in the area. Los Angeles pays the most, they usually pay 20% higher than average. Part of the reason for this is cost of living, but Los Angeles also sits on fault lines. This means that at any given time, a plumber may have to repair the cities pipes.
The next two areas which pay 13-14% higher than average are New York City, NY and Baltimore, MD. Due to the sheer number of people, plumbers will never be out of a job in either of these locations. Alaska, though low on population, has a high demand for plumbers. Not many people can live in the harsh environment, but those who can are fiscally rewarded.
No amount of money can replace living in a location you enjoy. So, if the heat is not your thing, LA would not be the ideal location to work, no matter how much they pay. Before moving to an area, check with plumbers in the area and see what they say about their job. There may be some aspects to working in an area that were not even thought about. It is better to check it out before sinking a life’s savings into a move.