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Plumber FAQ

1. How much do plumbers typically charge?

Answer: The average cost to hire a plumber is between $45 - $150 dollars per hour, while some may be more expensive, there will typically not be any cheaper option that would be qualified and licensed to do the work.

2. How much are typical plumbing repair costs?

Answer: The average cost for a repair is around $150 dollars.  However, each project is different and costs can range from $100 to fix a leaky pipe or toilet, to several thousand dollars to fix a slab leak or replace a water heater.

3. Should plumbers be certified or licensed?

Answer: Yes.  Each state has their own requirements for licensing and certifications.  Be sure to check our state licensing tool to review the local plumbing guidelines.

4. What questions should I ask a plumbing contractor?

Answer: There are several questions or things to know before hiring a plumber to do any work in your home.

  * Do they have proper licensing?

  * Do they charge for estimates?

  * What is the response time?

  * Do they have any specialties?

5. How many plumbers are in the US?

Answer: According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2017, there are 428,260 plumbers employed in the US.  Their average salary is $27.44 per hour, with an annual wage of $57,070.  California has the most plumbers employed (47,600) with Texas (42,050) following just behind.  New York has the highest average hourly wage at $39.49 per hour.