While 2020 was a year that many industries would soon like to forget, plumbers’ popularity hit all-time highs.
With business booming, plumbing could be an appealing field of work. As with many service jobs, becoming a plumber doesn’t require a college degree. Rather, individuals can enroll in affordable trade schools or participate in an apprenticeship to sharpen their skill set. The typical plumber makes $56,330 annually, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and the field will grow by 4% by 2029. That growth will open up nearly 21,000 new plumbing jobs in the next eight years.
On a national scale, plumbers earn 34.3% more than the median annual wage for all workers, according to data from the BLS. And while the national-level data indicates that being a plumber provides above-average pay, state-level data shows a highly regional industry where plumbers in the Midwest make far more than their counterparts in the Southwest, Southeast, and the Mid-Atlantic.
The analysis found that plumbers in Tennessee earn a median annual wage of $46,660, compared to $37,440 for all workers. After adjusting for the cost of living in Tennessee, plumbers earn a median $52,018 per year. Out of all states, Tennessee is the 10th worst-paying for plumbers.
Here is a summary of the data for Tennessee:
- Median annual wage for plumbers (adjusted): $52,018
- Median annual wage for plumbers (actual): $46,660
- Median annual wage for all workers (actual): $37,440
- Relative concentration of plumbers (compared to average): -16.0%
- Relative cost of living (compared to average): -10.3%
For reference, here are the statistics for the entire United States:
- Median annual wage for plumbers (adjusted): N/A
- Median annual wage for plumbers (actual): $56,330
- Median annual wage for all workers (actual): $41,950
- Relative concentration of plumbers (compared to average): N/A
- Relative cost of living (compared to average): N/A
For more information, a detailed methodology, and complete results, you can find the original report on Construction Coverage’s website: https://constructioncoverage.com/research/best-paying-cities-for-plumbers-2021