Plumber Jobs

Plumber Job Description

Plumbers install and repair water, sewage, and drainage systems in businesses, factories, and homes. They also install plumbing fixtures such as toilets, sinks, bathtubs, and dishwashers.

Because many plumbers work directly with clients, a plumber’s customer service skills are sometimes just as important as their plumbing skills. Retaining customers is a lot cheaper than finding new ones, and treating people well increases the likelihood that they will use a service again and refer their friends.

Master plumbers may work closely with engineers and architects on the blueprints for a building. They help determine where the pipes and plumbing fixtures should go, and make sure that the plan satisfies building code requirements.

Work Environment and Schedule

Plumbers spend most of their time working at their clients’ homes and businesses.

Most plumbers work full time. Because plumbing emergencies can happen at anytime, they are frequently required to work on nights and weekends.

Plumbers who work in new construction also work overtime, especially as a project’s deadline is approaching.

More than ten percent of plumbers are self-employed, but since their work schedules are dictated by client needs, they don’t always get to enjoy the flexible schedule that self-employed workers in other occupations receive.

Because they work with sharp tools and soldering equipment, plumbers are injured more often than workers in most other occupations. Taking proper safety precautions can help reduce the risk of injury.

How to Become a Plumber

Most plumbers learn their trade through apprenticeships. During the apprenticeship, they learn government plumbing regulations, how to read blueprints, and the intricacies of different plumbing systems.

Apprenticeships are paid, and normally take between four and five years to complete. To maintain their apprenticeship, apprentices must work at least 1,700 hours per year and attend 246 hours of classes.

All states require plumbers to be licensed, but the requirements vary from state to state. Generally, at least two years of work experience and the successful completion of an exam are required. Your state’s licensing board should be able to tell you the specific licensing requirements for your location.

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Employment Outlook

There are currently 419,900 plumbers in the United States, with 22,880 new plumber job openings created each year.

Plumber jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.

Plumber Salaries

Overall Salaries

Plumber salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most plumbers make between $36,000 – $64,800 per year, or $17.33 – $31.15 per hour.

Updated: 09/02/2017

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