On average, most plumbers will charge an hourly rate between $58 to $260 per hour. You can expect to pay a higher rate for a licensed professional plumber. They will cost anywhere from $104 to $170. If you opt to hire a handyman for your less complicated projects, this will cost around $58.
Plumbers will charge for travel time in one of the following ways:
Set a minimum number of hours for service calls.
Add a trip fee of $65 to $391.
Charge a service fee averaging $195.
Charge a flat rate for the first hour (ranging from $130 to $456) with a lower rate after the first hour.
Offer flat rates for a few common issues.
A general rule for all plumbing projects that require labour, is that the more difficult, complex and/or inaccessible the job is, the longer it will take to complete and the more it will cost. While apprentices or journeymen are likely able to complete simple jobs, complex projects require a master plumber.
The largest cost considerations are your location, the materials needed, and the complexity of the job. You will also have to factor in the cost of supplies needed to complete your job. Remember to get all of this in writing during the quote process so you know the price break down before you agree to have the plumber start working.
Plumber Cost Per Hour
Before trip fees and materials, the average rate is $91 to $156 per hour. Rates can vary, with some coming in as high as $260 and as low as $58. Included in this hourly rate is the plumber’s wage, insurance premiums, union dues, overhead, equipment, vehicle maintenance and lease, and tools.
Plumber Flat-Rate Prices
If your plumber offers a flat-rate, this will usually run somewhere between $130 to $520 for simple service calls, such as fixing a toilet or faucet or unclogging a drain. The more complex a job is, the more time it will take and parts and labour charges will be higher.
Average Master Plumber Hourly Rates
A master plumber will cost you an additional $30 to $97 per hour. It is likely they will be there to oversee the work of apprentice or journeymen contractors.
Average Pay Per Hour for a Journeyman or Apprentice
The cost of a journeyman runs between $20 to $44 per hour, with a median wage of $32 per hour. An apprentice will typically make about half of what a journeyman makes. These costs are for their wages only. Your final bill will reflect their wages, plus overhead, insurance, tools, equipment, vehicle expenses and advertising.
Emergency, Weekend, Holiday or After-Hours Charges
Emergency situations are the most typical kind of call plumbers receive outside of their regular working hours. Off-hour repairs are always more expensive as compared to making an appointment during regular business hours.
Weekend, holiday and after-hours work will cost you a higher hourly rate or flat fee, or a combination of the two fees.
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. This cost will depend on which company you hire. Be sure to get quotes and ask about additional charges for doing work outside of regular hours.
Plumber Service Call Costs
Service calls cover a wide range of common services. These can include clogged drains, fixture repairs, and leaking pipes. The fees associated with service calls can range from $130 to $455. This price usually includes the first hour of work.
Trip or Call Out Fees
Trip fees depend on your location and the distance the plumber will need to travel to get there. Trip fees can range from $65 to $390. Unlike a service call, this fee is not included and is in addition to labour charges.
The cost of minimum fees and trip charges help offset the time and materials used when travelling to and from job sites. Much of the time a plumber spends on a project they will be 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.