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$305
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$171 - $451
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$95
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Average Plumber Rates

A plumber ranges from $45 to $200 per hour or more depending on the job, timing and location. According to project data from HomeAdvisor members, it ranges between $171 and $451 with an average cost of $305. Services may include drain cleaning, faucet replacement or installation, and toilet repair.

"Plumbing" is a broad category that includes anything to do with the system of pipes, tanks and fittings required for the water and gas supplied to your home. Plumbers can do anything from fixing leaky faucets to installing sump pumps. They can repair or install your water heater or add a sink to your garage. They work everywhere in your home.

Make sure you hire a licensed, insured professional or it may cost you in the long run. All HomeAdvisor contractors undergo a complete and rigorous background check prior to listing in our plumbers directory.

On This Page:

  1. How Much Do Plumbers Charge?
  2. Plumbing Labor Services Price List
  3. Other Cost Factors
  4. FAQs
  5. Choosing a Reasonably Priced, Licensed Plumber

How Much Do Plumbers Charge?

Most charge an hourly rate between $45 to $200 per hour. Most licensed professionals run anywhere from $80 to $130 with handyman rates falling close to $45. Handyman projects are usually less complicated, such as unclogging a drain or replacing a kitchen sink p-trap. Pros charge for travel time in one of the following ways:

  • Set a minimum number of hours for service calls.
  • Add a trip fee of $50 to $300
  • Charge a service fee averaging $150.
  • Charge a flat rate for the first hour (ranging from $100 to $350) with a lower rate after the first hour.
  • Offer flat rates for a few common issues.

A rule of thumb for all projects requiring labor is that the more difficult, complex or inaccessible the job, the longer it will take and the higher the price. Apprentices or journeymen might be able to complete some simple jobs, but complex projects, like new installations and gas line repairs, require a master plumber.

Be prepared to not only spend money in labor and trip charges, but the supplies needed to complete your job. Your location, materials needed, and complexity of the job are the largest cost considerations. Always get a quote in writing before agreeing to any work.

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Plumber Cost Per Hour

Most rates average $70 to $120 per hour before trip fees and materials. Rates can range as high as $200 or as low as $45. Hourly rates not only cover their wages but also insurance premiums, union dues, overhead, equipment, vehicle maintenance and lease, and tools.

Plumber Flat-Rate Prices

Flat rates run $100 to $400 for most simple service calls such as unclogging a drain or fixing a faucet or toilet. More complex jobs requiring more time often incur further labor charges.

Average Master Plumber Hourly Rates

Expect to pay an additional $25 to $75 per hour for a master plumber. Often, they oversee the work of apprentice and journeymen contractors. Many states don’t require or endorse certification levels. Check with your local building construction and planning office for specifics on licensing requirements in your state or municipality.

Average Pay Per Hour for a Journeyman or Apprentice

A journeyman makes between $16 and $34 per hour with a median wage of $25 per hour. An apprentice makes about half of that in most states. These are for wages only. Your bill reflects those wages plus overhead, insurance, tools, equipment, vehicle expenses, and advertising.

Apprentices work for 4 to 5 years under a master plumber before taking the test to become a journeyman. During this time, they work on a wide variety of projects to gain experience. They are closely supervised and have the ability to work on all types of projects determined by the master plumber and based on their experience level.

Union Fees

Union fees vary by location and level but make up about 20 to 25% of a their wages. They include union dues, insurance, pension and other fees. Not all professionals belong to a union. Most of these dues are already figured into the hourly rate you’re charged.

Emergency, Weekend, Holiday or After-Hours Charges

Most are called out for emergency situations. Off-hour repairs are more expensive than if you make an appointment during regular business hours. Weekend, holiday and after-hours work comes at a higher hourly rate or flat fee, or a combination of the two.

  • Flat or Trip Fee: $100 to $350 (or more in extreme cases). Ask your contractor if this is in addition to an hourly rate.
  • Hourly Rate: $70 to $400

Most charge time-and-a-half to triple their hourly rate depending on when the call comes in. One may charge time-and-a-half for evening work, double-time for weekends and triple-time for holidays. It depends on individual contractor policies.

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Roto Rooter Labor Rates

Roto Rooter, a popular national company specializing in drains and clogs, charges a flat rate for most problems. Rates depend on your location and specific problem. Labor is included in the flat fee. The amount of time spent working on a problem doesn’t affect your final bills.

Commercial vs. Residential Pros

Commercial plumbers average $100 per hour. Residential plumbers average $80 per hour. Commercial contractors rarely do residential work and vice versa. Building codes, equipment and skillsets vary between the two types.

Plumber Service Call Costs

Service call fees range from $100 to $350 and usually include the first hour of work. Service calls cover a wide range of common services including clogged drains, leaking pipes and fixture repair.

Trip or Call Out Fees

Trip fees range anywhere from $50 to $300 depending on your location and the distance they need to travel. Unlike a service call, this fee is in addition to labor charges.

Minimum fees and trip charges help offset the time and materials of travelling to and from job sites. Plumbers spend much of their time travelling to a jobsite and a supply house to pick up materials for your project.

  • Most offer a flat fee within a certain radius of their shop with additional mileage pricing past that.
  • Alternately, some skip the trip charge and simply charge a 1- or 2-hour minimum. So, if they spend only 15 minutes working, you’ll pay the minimum amount of time.

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Plumbing Labor Services Price List

The best way to determine what your project budget will be is to get at least 3 quotes from local plumbers. However, knowing what others paid for the same work helps you make an informed decision after the bids come in.

We’ve collected thousands of HomeAdvisor member reported data to provide comparisons for most common issues. Below is a list of the most common projects and their price ranges. Each list item links to a detailed guide on pricing information and considerations for each project.

  • Cost to Fix a Leak – $150 to $700
  • Water Heater Installation Costs - $750 to $1,400
  • Price of Unclogging a Drain - $125 to $300
  • Drain Line Repair Costs - $250 to $1,000
  • Water Main Repair Fees - $300 to $1,250
  • Water Main Installation Costs - $600 to $2,400
  • New Plumbing Pipes Cost - $350 to $1,750
  • Sewer Line Cleaning Costs - $175 to $450
  • Sewer Main Installation Prices - $1,400 to $4,600
  • Sewer Main Line Repair Cost - $1,000 to $4,000
  • Sewer Camera Inspection Rates - $300 to $500
  • Septic Tank Repair Fees - $600 to $2,500
  • Septic Tank Cleaning Costs - $300 to $500
  • Install Water Purification System Costs - $850 to $2,650
  • Fix a Toilet Fees - $150 to $300
  • Faucet Installation Costs - $150 to $350
  • Shower Installation Costs - $1,200 to $5,500
  • Bathtub Install Pricing - $1,000 to $5,100
  • Water Heater Repair Costs - $200 to $900
  • Tankless Water Heater Prices - $1,000 to $2,800
  • Sump Pump Installation Fees - $650 to $1,800
  • Sump Pump Repair Prices - $300 to $700
  • Well Pump Repair Costs - $350 to $1,350
  • Gas Lines Installation and Repair Prices - $250 to $750
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    Other Cost Factors

    After a problem is fixed, there are often other holes to patch or messes to clean up. In addition to labor and supplies, you may need to hire someone to repair water damage.

    You may need new carpeting, drywall repairs or electrical work done on your home to get it back to where it was before you had your problem.

    If you had a sewer problem, there is the additional cost of cleanup and getting your home back to code to ensure that it's safe for your family. You also may need to remove tree roots (which means digging up your yard and landscaping expenses) or replacing pipe that's difficult to get to.

    Other Plumbing Repair Cost Considerations
    Electrician Rates$150 to $500
    Sod Installation Costs$1,000 to $2,600
    Landscaping Prices$1,400 to $5,300
    Carpet Installation Rates$200 to $2,500
    Drywall Repair Pricing$300 to $800
    Water Restoration Costs$1,000 to $4,000

    Ask Your Plumber About Project Details and Pricing.

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    FAQs

    Why are plumbers so expensive?

    Plumbers are expensive because it is a highly specialized trade requiring thousands of hours to master. Additionally, they make house calls meaning they spend time and money investing in vehicles, tools, equipment and gas to bring to you. They also carry insurance and have other overhead expenses. Labor shortages in the field also contribute to premium pricing.

    How do I find inexpensive plumbers?

    Finding inexpensive plumbers is often a mistake. If you have a cousin or friend in the trade, they may work cheaply for you. However, it’s a highly specialized skill developed over years of training and experience. Their fees are a reflection of their skill, overhead and demand.

    How do I pay a plumber?

    Most plumbers send you an invoice or accept a check or credit card at the time of service. The choice is usually up to you. Ask how they bill when you get a quote.

    What is a plumber’s hourly wage?

    Plumbers make an average wage of $25 per hour but it ranges anywhere from $16 to $35 for a journeyman. Apprentices make about half that, and Master Plumbers can make far more if they own a shop or supervise others.

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    Choosing a Reasonably Priced Licensed Plumber

    The leak from a pipe fitting that costs less than a dollar can easily cause thousands of dollars in water damage and can disrupt your household for weeks. But not all plumbers handle all types of work. Their duties break out into two categories:

    • Family, or general plumbers, handle basic repairs (often in emergency situations).
    • Plumbing contractors specialize in new construction, remodeling projects and additions.

    Family Plumber

    Be prepared for a more urgent situation by establishing a relationship with a professional before you need him or her. If possible, hire a pro to do non-emergency repairs or fixture installations during normal hours. It's easier to get a plumber's attention if you're a regular customer and not a panicked stranger asking for immediate service.

    Plumbing Contractor

    Unlike a family plumber, a plumbing contractor tends to work strictly on new construction or major renovations. Many shops do both small, residential and emergency projects and new construction.

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    Choosing a Plumber

    • All states issue licenses, and the licensing board can confirm a their legitimacy. Yet not all states require journeyman certification, meaning that they have passed competency exams. Most states provide a number you can call to verify that the license is current and that there are no active complaints against it.
    • Any pro you consider should also hold a current workers' compensation policy and a minimum of $500,000 liability insurance.
    • Plumbing isn't necessarily difficult, but it requires a lot of knowledge. Code requirements are just a small part; you also need to understand piping parts and have experience with the materials. For instance, knowing how hard you can crank on PVC before it cracks takes time to master. Not having a feel for this can turn a $10 repair into a flood

    Check out our Hiring Guide with a list of questions to ask potential plumbers when hiring.

    Getting a Free Estimate or Quote from a Plumber

    Unless you’ve got water gushing from the ceiling, you probably have time to get several free quotes from licensed professional plumbers. All the contractors in our network undergo a thorough background check.

     

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Alphia Sue Mason More than 1 year ago
I know what the repair needs and the materials needed to do it and the approximate cost, ,but as a senior citizen just no longer physically able to do it.
Jannie Courtney More than 1 year ago
I'm not understanding why I can't get an estimate. I do realize that its just an estimate. Paying someone $69.00 to come out and they might quote me an outrage price. SMH
Jai Lee More than 1 year ago
toilet dismantling fee? required to dismantle toilet to replace wax ring and valve replacements. fee charges?

Floy Neal More than 1 year ago
I am just trying to get some estimates to see what my out of pocket will be.
Zainab Elberry More than 1 year ago
How much will potential plumber me charge for this visit and repair?
Gloria Parks More than 1 year ago
I appreciate ALL the information you give us consumers. It is VERY helpful when you are about to start a remodel project. I have learned a lot from your web site. THANK YOU!!!
hen soon More than 1 year ago
It does help in regards to procedures and rules in order to better understand your options.  Obviously cost is always an issue and the size of the company probably determine the labor cost.  That is why some times people take chances with "others' hoping that there have good experience but because they are independent operators there pricing might be more flexible.
Terrence Keefe More than 1 year ago
not paying an arm and a leg
John H. Engelke More than 1 year ago
I am not a plumber, but I am familiar with oxidation.  Many simple plumbing valves only need to be removed and new "O" rings installed.  That's where the problem comes in.  Most older homes used metal pipes and not PVC.  Usually the valve screws into a different type of metal and oxidation occurs between the two metals, almost becoming one.  In order to get the valve stem out you have to break it loose.  If you break the pipe, not only do you have a mess but then you have to pay to fix it.  Simple if you break it you pay.  If a plumber breaks it, he is responsible.  I recommend paying the plumbers fee and save yourselves headaches in the long run. 
Judith Hotchkiss More than 1 year ago
Jacks Plumbing and Repair is going to assess the situation.
Judith Hotchkiss More than 1 year ago
No cost as yet
Jeremy Striplin More than 1 year ago
Need about 65' of sewer pipe replaced do to tree roots growing and brake n pipe n several places 
Beulah Dorsey More than 1 year ago
He came out look at my leak behind my shower. Gave me a quote to replace a garbage disposal total for both job less than 200.00
Marti Guerra More than 1 year ago
I'm just trying to get good quality at a fair and reasonable price. I recently retired and am trying to get the drain on my washer attached to the sewer line.  I need to know how much this is going to cost so that I can balance my budget.
dave zuber More than 1 year ago
Why pay for someone to come and give an estimate.? Give price, do job, get paid simple. Plumbers are OVERPRICED. Got handyman to fix leaky faucet for $25.00, no trip charge. Very happy!
Richard Frahm More than 1 year ago
Thanks,  I'm getting an overall Idea of what the cost would be to install a kitchen faucet. 
joan carter More than 1 year ago
Trying to get good quality at a fair and reasonable price. Just retired and need to watch my expenses when getting repairs on my home. Also have one more expensive project to do. So cost is very important to me.
TINA HUBBARD More than 1 year ago
very informative ~ but wanting more info on cost for replacing various piping~keep up the good work to informing people with the knowledge
Patricia Hubbartt More than 1 year ago
What is my approximate cost for fixing a toilet that keeps running and to remove/replace a kitchen soap dispenser?
tim mauldin More than 1 year ago
Does anyone have an idea what the cost of replacing all the water lines in a 2 bath mobile home with pex might be
Kumari Mishra More than 1 year ago
We are on a budget ,I just wanted to know how much it will cost to change the fasaut
Kathy Zavoski More than 1 year ago
Good to know what the average cost should/could be before starting the job.
Paula King More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the info, now for the pro to do the job, as oon as possible.
Cynthia Macy More than 1 year ago
Getting estimates to see what my costs will be.
Bennie Adcox More than 1 year ago
I have been helped a lot  by all of this information and I have chose a plumber that I think will be more than able to do my project. I will give a review after the work is finished. thanks.
Tuwandar Tyson More than 1 year ago
How did the job turn out
Aita Cohen More than 1 year ago
I needed a neutral place to research plumbing jobs: had the suspicion I was being 'led down a garden path' because I knew nothing - other than how expensive it was and how urgent  'do it NOW!" it was. I appreciate the cost estimate and national average pages which confirmed my suspicions.  I found another plumber through this site and hope for better, less panic, less cost service from now on. Thanks.
FOUNTAIN DENNIS More than 1 year ago
I just want a fair price to change faucet. I would like to know my out of pocket expenses.
Carolyn Martin More than 1 year ago
Did you get fair price?  Am looking for same thing.  Carolyn
Charles Hayden More than 1 year ago
Your information looks good.Still searching around because it's really isn't a major job.
Daniel/Linda Moriarity More than 1 year ago
We know what we need to have done, but because we are disabled and Senior Citizens we lack the strength and physical endurance to complete the job on our own. We are currently wanting to get bids on the work we need tonhave completed.
Antoinette Davis More than 1 year ago
Need to do paper on Opinion of Probable Cost to renovate a bathroom and this article was helpful
Robert Houston More than 1 year ago
At this time I'm seeking the best price for this small job. Not ready to evaluate your services. 
Chana Hancock More than 1 year ago
I am also looking for someone to fix my toilet it flushes slowly, and I have a leaky pipe in behind my washer. Like others I need to know up front cost so I am prepared.

Robert Henry More than 1 year ago
I am just trying to get some estimates to see what my out of pocket will be. Trying to plan ahead.
Dorothy Ressel More than 1 year ago
Just researching.
Susan Bowers More than 1 year ago
I am just looking for costs right now....
Richard DeCarlo More than 1 year ago
Prices as quoted ($500-781) OBVIOUSLY included the cost of the toilet. In my quote request I stated project was a totally unremarkable - removal of old toilet and install of the new toilet, which I will have purchased myself. There are no problems and this is not an old house. Simply want t upgrade from contractor grade toilet. I am a retired contractor with a bad back and I know what the project entails.
Henry Whitaker Jr More than 1 year ago
Unable to respond effectively at this time because the issue/problem has not been evaluated yet.
Martha Jackowiak More than 1 year ago
JUST RESEARCHING, seems like a small project to repair leak.
Willistine Gaymon More than 1 year ago
I'm just researching !!!
Cynthia Walker More than 1 year ago
I hope to accomplish having the leaking toilet fixed is my main concern right now; would like to get hotwater handle in bathtub replaced ; if not possible, then, leaking toilet is the priority.
Juanita Barrabee More than 1 year ago
Good information on what to look for.
James Brown More than 1 year ago
VERY GOOD INFORMATION, THANK YOU !!!!!!!
bill iglesia iglesias More than 1 year ago
Get real? 350 to replace a dripping faucet. The end of my using this site.
Brandon Anderson More than 1 year ago
Very helpful 
Norma Roselle More than 1 year ago
Yes I do know what approximately the part is and how much but the problem is  almost all plumbers & even electricians want $100 service call.  That's ridiculous as if the part is $25 that $125 to me and that's too much but I see they want the $$$$ so they start with a service call. Example my outdoor light bulb broke and I couldn't get it out of socket.  I had to call electrician.  Yes, $100 service call, handed me the bulb and I gave him a new one to put it and that was it. Took him all of 10 min.  So now I hesitate when I need something done in these fields and thank goodness so far I'm not in need of anything..
Doris Meggitt More than 1 year ago
I am a senior citizen
Billie Haskin More than 1 year ago
Have waited almost two weeks for an information on my requested quote! :(

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