The median salary for an apprentice plumber is $13.00 per hour, or $27,000 per year. Geographic location, level of experience and education greatly affects pay.
Apprentice plumbers must have a high school degree or equivalent. Though many trade schools offer courses on pipefitting and plumbing, this type of education may not be necessary. Apprenticeships last 4 to 5 years and require 1,700 to 2,000 hours of on-the-job paid training. In addition to paid training, apprentices must have 246 hours of related technical training in a classroom setting.
Once the training is complete, apprentices are considered journey workers. According to the 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, full-time plumbers make an average of $49,140 per year.