Have you thought about becoming a plumber because you’ve heard it pays really well or that plumbers are in demand?
Plumbing is much more difficult than you would think, and there are many factors to consider when deciding to become a professional plumber.
Plumbers install and repair pipes, toilets, sinks, dishwashers, showers, and more. They have a wide range of services that they can provide depending on how large their toolset is. Bigger plumbing companies are more likely to carry the high-end plumbing equipment that can remove large blockages in drains. Smaller plumbers are less likely to carry these tools, but at the same time you will get a better price with the smaller companies most of the time.
If you are becoming a plumber for the pay, you can expect to earn around $54,000 – $74,000 per year once you are experienced. Although, highly experienced plumbers who work long hours can make over $100,000 per year.
In order to become a plumber you’ll want to gain experience through an apprenticeship. That means you’ll learn in classrooms as well as in real life working with a certified plumber. Your wages as an apprentice will be approximately 50% of a “journeyperson’s” hourly rate. That is a good deal as someone just starting out though.
One of the challenges you’ll face as a plumber is that many jobs will be different and require creative problem solving. That means you’ll always need to be learning new methods and analyzing problems so that you don’t get stuck on a job.
If you feel like you can handle the plumbing lifestyle, then go ahead! The pay is good and the demand will always be there!