How Much do Plumbers Make?

Do plumbers make a lot of money? What is the average pay for plumbers?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, plumbers in the United States earn an average of $59,800 a year, equivalent to $28.75 an hour. Plumbers make 12% more than the average American worker.

Plumbers in Illinois are the best paid, making $86,120 a year, while plumbers in Arkansas make the least at $44,230.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Plumber Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $46.72 $97,170
75th $35.28 $73,380
50th $26.52 $55,160
25th $19.82 $41,230
10th $15.71 $32,690
Plumber Wages by State

In what states do plumbers make the most? In what states do plumbers make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $22.43 $46,650
Alaska $38.28 $79,610
Arizona $24.12 $50,170
Arkansas $21.27 $44,230
California $31.13 $64,740
Colorado $26.14 $54,380
Connecticut $31.81 $66,170
Delaware $30.24 $62,890
Florida $21.68 $45,080
Georgia $23.64 $49,180
Hawaii $35.06 $72,920
Idaho $22.90 $47,620
Illinois $41.40 $86,120
Indiana $29.56 $61,480
Iowa $27.94 $58,120
Kansas $27.31 $56,810
Kentucky $27.19 $56,550
Louisiana $26.75 $55,650
Maine $24.51 $50,970
Maryland $29.47 $61,300
Massachusetts $35.56 $73,970
Michigan $30.06 $62,530
Minnesota $35.91 $74,700
Mississippi $22.41 $46,610
Missouri $31.65 $65,820
Montana $28.11 $58,460
Nebraska $28.15 $58,540
Nevada $29.68 $61,730
New Hampshire $26.63 $55,390
New Jersey $35.75 $74,360
New Mexico $22.25 $46,280
New York $35.06 $72,910
North Carolina $21.67 $45,070
North Dakota $26.24 $54,580
Ohio $27.02 $56,210
Oklahoma $24.07 $50,070
Oregon $35.30 $73,420
Pennsylvania $28.80 $59,900
Rhode Island $26.52 $55,170
South Carolina $22.53 $46,870
South Dakota $21.42 $44,540
Tennessee $25.02 $52,050
Texas $24.19 $50,320
Utah $24.90 $51,790
Vermont $24.84 $51,670
Virginia $24.68 $51,330
Washington $35.02 $72,830
West Virginia $24.79 $51,560
Wisconsin $32.87 $68,360
Wyoming $27.02 $56,210
Metro Areas Where Plumbers Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Chicago, IL $43.02 $89,470
Kankakee, IL $42.69 $88,790
San Francisco, CA $41.94 $87,230
San Jose, CA $41.36 $86,030
Fairbanks, AK $41.21 $85,710
Pittsfield, MA $41.06 $85,400
Rockford, IL $40.43 $84,100
Trenton, NJ $40.19 $83,590
Springfield, IL $39.57 $82,300
Santa Rosa, CA $39.05 $81,220
Plumber Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $28.75 $59,800
2018 $27.96 $58,150
2017 $27.44 $57,070
2016 $26.94 $56,030
2015 $26.49 $55,100
2014 $26.26 $54,620
2013 $25.88 $53,820
2012 $25.46 $52,950
2011 $24.92 $51,830