Plumber's rates vary significantly depending upon the region. As of 2016, hourly rates range from $45 to $150 an hour. Plumbers in large metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles or New York frequently make in excess of $250,000 a year, and plumbers in less populated areas may earn $40,000.
Plumbing rates are highest in the Northeast and lowest in the South. Many plumbers charge by the job instead of by the hour, which usually is to the consumer's advantage. Plumbing is an industry that typically has strong growth even in a weak economy since there is a shortage of skilled professionals. It is not uncommon for experienced plumbers to earn six-figure salaries.