Service Plumber

Specialize in residential piping and sewer system maintenance.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$28,000 – $80,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Service Plumbers do?

In the world of plumbing, there are a variety of jobs to do. Plumbers install, maintain, and repair the pipes in new homes, businesses, public buildings, and underground. IService Plumbers specialize in repairs to homes and small businesses.

That means that, as a Service Plumber, you might be on call in case of a plumbing emergency. After all, people count on the water working when it’s supposed to. Not only that, but an overflowing toilet, cracked pipe, or leaking upstairs shower stall can cause rot, mold, and significant costs to the homeowner.

Like a knight in shining armor, you’re on the job when the kitchen sink backs up, the toilet swallows a diaper, a brown pool unexpectedly appears in the backyard, or the leak under the bathroom sink refuses to fix itself.

Being a Service Plumber requires investigative skills. You know how the system is set up and what each component does, so you have a pretty good idea of where to start the troubleshooting process. You snake out pipes, tear bathtubs apart, replace parts in the toilet, and remove the grime (or socks) that are clogging the lines.

Rather than spending your days installing pipe and evaluating systems in new construction or big, commercial projects, you like helping out the average homeowner. You take pride in identifying the problem and using your skills to solve it. While the job results in messy hands and unpleasant smells, at the end of the day, you earn your hero’s badge in the customer’s eyes.

Should I be a Service Plumber?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Equipment Service Associate, Gas Line Servicer

    How to become a Service Plumber

    Most Service Plumbers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9hhaaa&chl=no+college+%2861%25%29|certificate+%2833%25%29|associate%27s+%287%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,61,61
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