Depending on the job, location and timing, plumbers charge anywhere from $45 to $150 per hour, as of 2015. Homeowners typically spend $169 to $434 to hire a plumber. Emergency plumbing jobs include basic repairs, such as fixing a clogged toilet, a leaky faucet or clogged drain.
Plumbing requires specialized knowledge, such as how to crank a PVC without breaking it. This is what the customer pays for rather than the cost of parts. A do-it-yourself homeowner who installs a $10 replacement part incorrectly may cause a flood that can result in more costly repairs.
In terms of pay, as of 2012, the medium wage for plumbers was $23.62 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which translates to an annual salary of $49,140. HomeAdvisor.com suggests checking a plumber's license and whether or not he has active complaints against him before engaging his services. A suitable plumber must also have a current workers' compensation policy and at least $500,000 of liability insurance coverage.