Nationwide

PLUMBER

Description:

Nearly all areas of construction rely on plumbers. If you enjoy working with your hands and using your brain, then this trade is for you. As long as there drainage and water systems, there will be a need for reliable plumbers. Plumbers install, repair and maintain pipes in residential, commercial and/or industrial buildings Their job includes welding and connecting pipes, opening walls and floors to reach or install pipes, and testing pipes for leaks.

More about a career as a plumber:

High School:​

No programs locally, contact us to talk about creating an opportunity for you!

Post-Secondary:​

No formal programs for Plumbers, experience is the best teacher!

Day In The Life of a Plumber:
  • Review blueprints, building codes, or specifications to determine work details or procedures.

  • Assemble pipe sections, tubing, or fittings, using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement, plastic solvent, caulking, or soldering, brazing, or welding equipment.

  • Install pipe assemblies, fittings, valves, appliances such as dishwashers or water heaters, or fixtures such as sinks or toilets, using hand or power tools.

  • Maintain or repair plumbing by replacing defective washers, replacing or mending broken pipes, or opening clogged drains.

  • Locate and mark the position of pipe installations, connections, passage holes, or fixtures in structures, using measuring instruments such as rulers or levels.

  • Install underground storm, sanitary, or water piping systems, extending piping as needed to connect fixtures and plumbing.

Employment & Wage Statistics

Job growth (2019-2026)
19.1%
13%
14%
Nationwide
Statewide
Regional
Job openings (2019-2016)
30
1,620
66,100
Regional
Hourly wage range
$15.28
$25.30
$35.18

Median

Annual wage range
$31,790
$52,620
$73,170
Statewide
Hourly wage range
$15.97
$31.61
$44.29
Annual wage range
$33,210
$65,750
$92,130
Nationwide
Hourly wage range
$15.71
$26.52
$46.72
Annual wage range
$32,690
$55,160
$97,170
For more information on careers as a plumber:
ONET Summary Report - Plumbers

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