What does a Plumber do?

A plumber is responsible for installing and repairing water systems in residential or commercial buildings. Duties include studying and analyzing blueprints and drawings to identify plumbing and water supply systems to assemble and install products without interfering with existing infrastructure. Other general tasks include measuring, cutting, bending pipe material and installing and maintaining water systems. Depending on the company, career progressions of a plumber may consist of being promoted to a lead plumber or foreman or being appointed in a managerial role.

Although formal education is not required to be a plumber, many companies prefer candidates to have a high school diploma or equivalent. In most cases, the successful completion of an apprenticeship is required followed by proven experience working as a plumber. Good candidates for this position often possess a strong understanding of plumbing systems, materials and equipment and are excellent at troubleshooting and analyzing water system errors. Due to the nature of the job, the ability to squat, kneel, stand, bend or twist for long periods of time is required along with the flexibility to travel to locations.

What responsibilities are common for Plumber jobs?
  • Study and analyze blueprints and floor plans to understand the plumbing system and water supply system layout
  • Navigate the assembly and installation of pipes and tubes without interfering with existing infrastructure
  • Measure, cut and bend pipe material
  • Assemble valves, fittings, tubes and water system appliances
  • Install and maintain building water systems
  • Troubleshoot and fix issues relating to water supply lines
  • Repair and replace system issues such as clogged drains, faucet problems, broken drainage lines and so on
  • Maintain current knowledge of state regulations affecting plumbing work
What are the typical qualifications for Plumber jobs?
  • Successful completion of an apprenticeship with a qualified plumber
  • Proven experience working as a plumber in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong understanding of plumbing systems, materials and equipment
  • Working knowledge of state regulations affecting plumbing work
  • Exceptional customer service and client focus
  • Excellent troubleshooting and analytical skills
  • Familiar with plumbing tools and equipment
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Valid plumbing license to practice the profession
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Plumber make?

Plumber Career Path

Learn how to become a Plumber, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Plumber
$68,478/yr
L3
L4
Lead Plumber
$89,212/yr
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
9%
2 - 4
14%
5 - 7
4%
8+
73%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Read what Plumber professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
A & A PlumbingA & A Plumbing
Plumber
Jan 28, 2021

“We do get hourly plus bonuses which is better than straight commisssion since the hourly is good.”

ARS-Rescue RooterARS-Rescue Rooter
Plumbers Apprentice
Nov 18, 2021

“Good starter pay and very rewarding job.”

S Tieger Plumbing
Journeyman Plumber
Jun 11, 2022

“I was hired by Mr. Tieger and my starting salary was $25.00 per hr.”

Legacy PlumbingLegacy Plumbing
Licensed Journeyman Plumber
Jul 15, 2021

“If you are serious about your career as a plumber this is hands down the best training program in the state.”

Al-Futtaim GroupAl-Futtaim Group
Plumbing Assistant Manager
Nov 2, 2021

“There my Friend is best working and living is good”

IndependentIndependent
Plumber
Mar 23, 2021

“Good good good good good”

EMS EngineeringEMS Engineering
Plumbing
May 25, 2021

“Good good good good good”

Preaux PlumbingPreaux Plumbing
Apprentice Plumber
Jan 9, 2022

“Good good good good good”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Plumber

When working as a Plumber, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Threading, Critical Thinking, Excellent Communication, VERBAL Communication, and Good Time Management.

The most similar professions to Plumber are:
  • Welder
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Mechanic
  • Millwright

The most common qualifications to become a Plumber include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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