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The median salary for a plumber was $49,140 in 2012, the BLS reports. The best-paid pulled in about $84,440, while those in the bottom 10 percent earn $29,020 a year. The metropolitan areas that pay particularly well include Nassau, N.Y., San Jose, Calif., and Taunton, Mass. Apprentices who are just starting out could make 30 to 50 percent less than a fully trained plumber.

Job Salary Year
2004 $44,460.00
2006 $45,870.00
2008 $49,330.00
2010 $50,530.00
2012 $52,950.00

Average Plumber Pay vs. All Construction Jobs

With an average salary of $52,950, plumbers earn more than other professions on our Best Construction Jobs list. A general construction worker earns a salary on the low end of this sector’s pay scale – approximately $34,490 – while painters and carpenters earn $38,590 and $44,520, respectively.

Job Name Salary
Construction Manager $82,790.00
Electrician $49,840.00
Plumber $49,140.00
Carpenter $39,940.00
Painter $35,190.00
Construction Worker $29,990.00

Best Paying Cities for Plumbers

The highest paid in the plumber profession work in the metropolitan areas of Nassau, New York, San Jose, California, and Taunton, Massachusetts. The Madison, Wisconsin area also pays well, as does the city of Milwaukee.

Nassau, New York

Average Salary: $84,160 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a plumber working in Nassau, New York is $84,160, which is $35,020 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Jose, California

Average Salary: $79,540 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a plumber working in San Jose, California is $79,540, which is $30,400 more than the average pay in the profession.

Taunton, Massachusetts

Average Salary: $75,380 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a plumber working in Taunton, Massachusetts is $75,380, which is $26,240 more than the average pay in the profession.

Madison, Wisconsin

Average Salary: $75,280 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a plumber working in Madison, Wisconsin is $75,280, which is $26,140 more than the average pay in the profession.

Milwaukee

Average Salary: $75,110 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a plumber working in Milwaukee is $75,110, which is $25,970 more than the average pay in the profession.

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