When there’s something wrong with your plumbing system, you need to get it taken care of as soon as possible. Thousands of dollars of damage can be done by water in a small amount of time. The faster you have the problem taken care of, the better off you and your wallet will be. The cost of a plumber can range from $58 to $261 per hour or more depending on factors such as the type of job, timing and location. Find out how much you can expect to pay for your next plumbing project.

Average Costs

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.

  • Flat or Trip Fee
    $130 to $455 (potentially more in extreme cases). Be sure to ask your plumber if this is in addition to an hourly rate.
  • Hourly Rate
    $91 to $520.

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.

Labor Services Price List

The below list comprises the most common projects and their price ranges. The pricing data has been provided by HomeAdvisor and made to reflect Canadian prices.

Fix a Leak $195 to $911
Water Heater Installation $976 to $1,822
Unclogging a Drain $162 to $390
Drain Line Repair $325 to $1,300
Water Main Repair $390 to $1,627
Water Main Installation $780 to $3,123
New Plumbing Pipes $455 to $2,277
Sewer Line Cleaning $227 to $585
Sewer Main Installation $1,822 to $5,987
Sewer Main Line Repair $1,301 to $5,206
Sewer Camera Inspection $390 to $650
Septic Tank Repair $780 to $3,254
Septic Tank Cleaning $390 to $650
Install Water Purification System $1,106 to $3,449
Fix a Toilet $195 to $390
Faucet Installation $195 to $455
Shower Installation $1,561 to $7,158
Bathtub Install $1,301 to $6,638
Water Heater Repair $260 to $1,171
Tankless Water Heater $1,301 to $3,644
Sump Pump Installation $846 to $2,342
Sump Pump Repair $390 to $911
Well Pump Repair $455 to $1,757
Gas Lines Installation and Repair $325 to $976

Other Cost Factors

A plumbing issue may leave you with other messes to clean up. Depending on your project, you may need to hire an additional company to help repair water damage. It’s possible you may also need new carpeting, drywall repairs or electrical work done to your home to get it back to where it was before your plumbing issue. Here are some additional services and costs you should consider for your project and budget.

Electrician Rates $195 to $650
Sod Installation Costs $1,301 to $3,384
Landscaping Prices $1,822 to $6,898
Carpet Installation Rates $260 to $3,254
Drywall Repair Pricing $390 to $1,041
Water Restoration Costs $1,301 to $5,206

Plumbing Replacement

Replacing your plumbing can cost anywhere from $455 to $2603 or more, depending greatly on the size of the project and how difficult it is. Below is a further breakdown of plumbing replacement projects and their costs.

Plumbing Prices per Fixture

The most common fixtures to replace include sinks, faucets and toilets.

  • New sink installation costs $260 to $683. This price will vary by style and if you’’re installing it in your kitchen or bathroom.
  • Toilet installation pricing ranges from $260 to $683. Pricing varies by brand, type and replacement time.
  • New faucets cost $195 to $455 though you may get a discount if combined with a sink project during a remodel or renovation.

Bathtub & Shower Prices

  • Replacing a bathtub costs between $1,300 and $6,500, varying mostly due to the type you install and the surround that goes with it.
  • Shower installation pricing is slightly higher at $1,560 to $7,158. They come in fiberglass, acrylic, tile and glass; often a mixture of these materials.
  • Tub or shower liners run $1,952 to $5,336. Discuss adding acrylic linings with your general contractor.

Replacing the Water Pressure Regulator

A water pressure regulator reduces the pressure from the main line running into the home. It keeps pressure surges from damaging your home’s pipes. The cost of replacing a regulator is between $325 to $455. The part itself is around $65, the rest of the cost is labour and time. It can take about three hours to install.

P-Trap Replacement Prices

A p-trap is more commonly known as a sink trap. Sink traps are required by building codes to keep sewer gasses from entering your home. Replacing the p-trap in your sink will cost between $260 and $423. The costs vary due to your location, for example, urban areas with higher costs of living will pay a higher installation price.

Main Water Shut Off Valve

A water shut off valve is required by code and necessary to work on most home plumbing issues. The first step in many plumbing repair projects is shutting off the water. To replace your main water shut off valve, you can expect to pay between $227 and $325. Most of this cost is labour as the materials will cost under $30.

Plumbing Stack Replacement

Well-maintained brass, cast iron or steel stacks will last anywhere from 70 to 100 years. PVC stacks are much easier to work with, however they will only last 30 to 40 years. Depending on the accessibility and length, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,952 to $5,206 for a stack replacement.

Issues with plumbing can go from minor to very serious quickly. When you notice a problem, it’s important to get it taken care of as soon as possible so further damage isn’t done to your home. When you need a plumber, be sure to start on HomeStars to find the right company for your project.