Pay by Experience for a Plumber has a positive trend. An entry-level Plumber with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 1,867 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Plumber with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 1,454 salaries. An experienced Plumber which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 2,028 salaries. A Plumber with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 1,197 salaries.

“Don’t go to the Yellow Pages to find a plumber,” says Berkey’s Bill Stevens. “It’s like guessing lottery numbers. Anyone can make an appealing ad, but that doesn’t mean they are legitimate. In this industry, it’s easy for a plumber who develops a poor reputation to advertise under a different name. They come and go.” Even searching for someone online may end up being a scam using fake reviews. Instead, look for a plumber who is well-established in your community. Check the Better Business Bureau and read customer reviews at sites such as HomeAdvisor, Angie’s List, or Citysearch. Local contractors or plumbing fixture stores can also refer you to a quality plumber, according to Grady Daniel, who owns a plumbing company in Austin, Texas. “Most of these firms won’t work with bad plumbers.” Or simply ask your neighbors for a referral. A trusted plumber that consistently delivers quality service does not remain a secret for very long.

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