Plumbing FAQs

A high school diploma or GED equivalent is the entry-level education required to be a plumber. Click here to find the licensing requirements in your state.

Training for plumbing jobs is available from trade schools, community colleges, and on the job as a plumbing apprentice.

Apprenticeship programs are provided by trade schools, industry organizations, state programs and contractors. Apprenticeships typically span four to five years and provide paid on-the-job training. Click here to find information about apprenticeship programs.
In most states, plumbers must have two to five years of work experience before they can take an examination and obtain a license to become a journeyman plumber. State-specific licensing information can be found here.
The requirements for a master’s plumber’s license vary significantly by state. On average, a master’s plumbing license can be achieved in two to five years. Please check with your state’s licensing board for more details.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary was $55,160 per year for plumbers in 2019.

Yes! The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects about 18% growth for plumbers between 2018 – 2028, which is higher growth than the average of 7% expected among all occupations. The demand for skilled plumbers will continue to grow as people are retiring and the technical workforce isn’t keeping pace. Plumbers are essential in any economy to keep communities safe and healthy.

Successful plumbers usually have solid math and problem-solving skills and a high mechanical aptitude. Those plumbers who specialize in residential service have great customer service skills and enjoy working with homeowners each day.

Plumbers typically enjoy practical work and have good eye-hand coordination. They must also be able to work independently, should cope with physical demands of the job, and have good interpersonal skills. Residential plumbers serve their communities and take pride in their skill set, knowing that they’ve helped homeowners.