Plumbing Cost Guide

Cost of a Plumber

“How much does a plumber cost?” That’s the number one question many consumers ask when confronted with a plumbing issue. When a plumber is called, most people want to know the approximate charge, as plumber’s cost per hour differs from one company to another. Plumbing labor rates are mainly dependent on the nature of the plumbing job, parts replaced, geography and travel time. Often, travel time can increase your plumbing charges, especially if the plumber needs to procure some parts and material from different plumbing supply stores.

Average plumber hourly rates

Type of Plumbing Contractors National Hourly Rate in $

  • Journeyman Plumber 19.59 – 29.49
  • Master Plumber 24.56 – 55.14
  • Apprentice Plumber 15.67
  • Plumber 25.93
  • Lead Plumber / Foreman 35.07

Note: These are national averages. Depending on what part of the country you reside, these rates can be much different. Plumbing installations and repairs are one of the primary areas where a homeowner will focus their home improvement time and money during the life of their home. Because they aren’t seen, many homeowners don’t think about their home’s pipes until there is a problem. It’s one of those things that when working properly, you don’t give it a second thought. But when it’s NOT working, you have to act fast! If you don’t fix your plumbing problem quickly, more damage will occur to your home and therefore you will need to spend more money. Think of the water damage that can occur to your basement, your foundation, your landscaping…the possibilities are endless. The quicker you address your problem, the better off you, and your wallet, will be. Although it may not feel like this at the time because normally rush jobs will cost a bit more money, you should feel confident in knowing you are curbing any further damage to your home and thereby are saving money in the long run.

Average rates for various plumbing projects

  • Plumbing Replace galvanized piping with copper (2 story with one bathroom) $2100 – $2700
  • Replace water line to house $1700 – $3700
  • Replace toilet $350 and up
  • Replace basin $200 and up
  • Replace bathtub, including ceramic tile $1500 and up
  • Install whirlpool bath $3000 and up
  • Retile bathtub enclosure $800 – $1200
  • Replace leaking shower stall pan $1000 – $1600
  • Rebuild tile shower stall $1500 – $2500
  • Replace laundry tubs $250 – $500
  • Remodel four-piece bathroom completely $6000 and up
  • Connect waste plumbing system to municipal sewers $3000 and up
  • Install submersible pump $800 and up
  • Install suction or jet pump $400 – $600
  • Install modest basement bathroom $4000 and up

The numbers above are averages, and always subject to change, according to inflation, and the cost of materials. Always know that you can turn to the most trusted source for all your plumbing needs by calling on one of the recommended plumbing professionals at Best Plumbers®.

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