A city plumber inevitably makes more than a plumber from a more rural area, just by sheer numbers cities have way more people, and are in greater need for a plumber or multiple plumbers, than a small town in a rural place.
Birth of Cities
For all intense and purposes, one could argue that any place in the world with ‘indoor-plumbing’ is considered a city, by any measure. Even Jackson, Mississippi is a pretty modern place relative to some third world countries, whose idea of modern is an outhouse or a built-in hole in the ground.
Competing Pay Rates:
Highest Salary for Plumbers in America
The average salary for a plumber in Nassau County, NY which is a large suburb of New York City (with a population of over 1million 350 thousand people) is $85 k per year.
This is equal to San Jose, California, which has a population just shy of 1 million and an average salary for Plumbers of $85K
Lowest Salary for Plumbers in America
Compare this to the Average salary of a plumber in Jackson, Mississippi which is the capitol city of that State and the largest city in the State (with a population of just over 170,000) is $32,000.
Raleigh, NC population just over 430,000 has an average salary for a plumber being $22,000
National Median Salary for a Plumber
Granted the difference in pay between a City Plumber and a plumber from a more rural area, is going to have a gap, in large part just from the cost of living. But, nationwide plumbers do pretty well. The majority of Plumbers across the United States make a Salary of $49,000 per year. That’s a good chunk of change more than your average American Worker (the majority of who make $35,000 per year).
Plumbers! They are better off in a Union (or at least working in a more Union friendly State)
30% of all plumbers in the United States are unionized. 11% of all American Workers are Union. Unions are known to drive up wages for low to middle-income people. As Plumbers salaries have been noted, you aren’t getting rich doing this work, but you still are doing better than your “Average-Joe”. There are roughly 14.5 million Union Members in the United States (out of a population of 300 million plus). 2.0 million Union Members come from NY (comprising 23% of all workers in the State). And 2.4 million Union Members Come from California (comprising 17% of all workers in the State). It’s no surprise that plumbers in these States fetch the highest salaries. Compare this to Mississippi, 4.2% of all workers are Union and North Carolina, 2.9% of all Workers is Union, and again, it’s no surprise their plumbers have some of the lowest salaries.
Why become a City Plumber?
This is because the pay is good and you don’t need to go to college for four years to become one. Heck, even the billionaire former Mayor of NYC Mike Bloomberg endorsed the notion that being a plumber is a good gig. He pretty much said that it makes financially more sense for some folks to forego a four-year university education and just become a plumber. Granted, you have to apprentice for 4-5 years, and take some classes, but at least you are getting paid the whole time along the way. Of course where you live makes a difference, but that is for any job in the world.