Become a Plumber in 2021?

Become a plumber in 2021? We can't survive without water because we have to stay hydrated and keep our surroundings clean, and those are the major reasons why plumbers are important in society. Plumbers repair and install pipes so any liquid substance can go to or out of houses and other establishments.

Let's see if being a plumber is right for you:

  1. What is the average salary of a plumber?
  2. What is the job market like for plumbers? Would it be hard for you to get a job?
  3. Would this occupation be compatible with your personality and interests?
  4. What will happen to plumbers ten years from now?

Let's get started.

Become a Plumber in 2021?

Water is the most important thing in life. It is even more important than food. You can live for weeks without food as long as you drink enough water every single day, but you won't last if food is all that you have. High educational attainment isn't required to be a plumber, but their role in each person's life is significant.

1. What is the average salary of a plumber?

Plumbers in the United States earn over $60,000 every year.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, plumbers had a base salary of $61,100 in 2020. They outearned these occupations:

  • HVAC Techs: $53,410
  • Solar Panel Installers: $48,020
  • Auto Mechanics: $46,760

On the other hand, these are the occupations that outnumbered plumbers:

  • Elevator Mechanics: $86,200
  • Aircraft Mechanics: $69,040
  • Electricians: $61,550

Plumbers earned just $450 less than electricians in 2020.

There has been an upward trend since 2000. Plumbers were paid $42,210 in 2000. That was $19,340 less than in 2020.

Their wage growth was $920 per year from 2000 through 2020 and $993 per year from 2015 through 2020.

And if the trend were to continue, the Bureau of Labor Statistics sees that plumbers could earn up to $70,760 in 2030.

Here is how the 2020 base salaries break down by percentile.

  • 10th Percentile: $33,460 (starting salary estimate)
  • 25th Percentile: $42,330
  • 50th Percentile: $56,330 (median salary)
  • 75th Percentile: $75,370
  • 90th Percentile: $98,990

There is a $65,530 difference between the 10th Percentile and the 90th Percentile.

The highest-paid plumbers were in Alaska in 2020. Here's how much plumbers in these states earned:

  • Alaska: $88,150
  • Illinois: $87,880
  • Massachusetts: $80,860
  • Minnesota: $76,080
  • New Jersey: $75,840
  • New York: $71,770
  • California: $69,070
  • Hawaii: $67,640
  • Louisiana: $58,140
  • Montana: $56,690
  • Colorado: $56,460
  • Utah: $54,070
  • Texas: $50,840
  • Florida: $45,590

The lowest-paid plumbers in the United States had a base salary of $43,030 in the same year.

Here is how much plumbers earn in different countries all over the world in 2021:

  • Australia: $65,962
  • United States: $62,500
  • Germany: $59,399
  • Canada: $55,924
  • United Kingdom: $52,411

Plumbers in the United States earn $6,576 more than those in Canada.

2. What is the job market like for plumbers? Would it be hard for you to get a job?

There are over 400,000 plumbers in the United States.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 417,440 plumbers in the United States in 2020. They outnumbered these occupations:

  • HVAC Techs: 344,020
  • Aircraft Mechanics: 128,300
  • Elevator Mechanics: 24,730
  • Solar Panel Installers: 11,490

On the other hand, these were the occupations that outnumbered them:

  • Electricians: 656,510
  • Auto Mechanics: 620,110

Plumbers were outnumbered by electricians by 239,070 in 2020.

8% of the 417,440 plumbers are self-employed. That percentage is larger than these occupations:

  • HVAC Techs: 7%
  • Solar Panel Installers: 6%
  • Electricians: 5%

13% of auto mechanics are self-employed. That's 5% more than plumbers.

There hasn't been a consistent direction in terms of their job growth. And unfortunately, the number of plumbers in 2020 was 19,700 less than in 2000.

Nonetheless, if the trend were to continue, the Bureau of Labor Statistics sees that there could be 434,138 plumbers in the United States in 2030. That's 16,698 more!

Here's how many plumbers were found in these states in 2020:

  • California: 43,540
  • Texas: 39,810
  • New York: 26,310
  • Florida: 25,610
  • Illinois: 16,520
  • Massachusetts: 11,570
  • Minnesota: 10,480
  • Colorado: 10,460
  • Louisiana: 8,710
  • New Jersey: 8,290
  • Utah: 5,840
  • Montana: 2,090
  • Hawaii: 2,270
  • Alaska: 1,130

Now, would it be hard for you to get a job?

I used Glassdoor, Indeed, and LinkedIn to find the number of job postings for this occupation. Job postings give us a real-time estimate of the demand for a particular occupation.

On Glassdoor, there are 9,148 job opportunities for plumbers.

On Indeed, there are 10,167.

On LinkedIn, there are 34,928.

The total number of job postings for plumbers in the United States is 34,928. Considering that there are 417,440 employed plumbers, there is one job opportunity for every 11.95 individuals.

3. Would this occupation be compatible with your personality and interests?

The Holland Codes or the Holland Occupational Themes (RIASEC) refers to a career and vocational choice theory. After taking a RIASEC assessment, your results show your scores across six different occupational themes: Realistic (R), Investigative (I), Artistic (A), Social (S), Enterprising (E), and Conventional (C).

The Strong Interest Inventory is the gold standard for figuring out your interests, but it is a controlled assessment. It isn't free. You need a certified professional to administer it to you. A free alternative evaluation is available here.

Plumbers scored high in the Realistic (100) and Conventional (50) themes.

People that score high in the realistic theme tend to describe themselves as reliable, practical, thrifty, persistent, reserved, and self-reliant. They are motivated by building, repairing, and being outdoors.

Moreover, people that score high in the conventional theme describe themselves as practical, organized, conscientious, orderly, and careful. They are often motivated by organizing and managing information.

This isn't surprising because plumbers fix anything connected to the plumbing system, so they like repairing and tend to do it in a careful manner. They also don't have any problem being by themselves and working outdoors.

3. What will happen to plumbers ten years from now?

Let's compare the 10-year job outlook of plumbers to that of other occupations.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, plumbers are expected to grow by 4% in 2029. That's slow compared to these occupations:

  • Solar Panel Installers: 51%
  • Electricians: 8%
  • Elevator Mechanics: 7%
  • Aircraft Mechanics: 5%

HVAC techs are also expected to grow by 4% in ten years.

Stay connected with news and updates!

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team. Your information will not be shared.

Close

50% Complete

Two Step

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.