How much do plumbers make

If you're considering a change of career, plumbing can be a very lucrative choice. Plumbers are always in demand - every home needs water, after all - and whether you start your own business or get a steady job with a contracting firm, there's a lot of money to be made in this evergreen trade.

So how much do plumbers earn?

Once you have completed a professional plumbing course with Access Training Academies, you can reasonably expect to earn around £18,000 – £20,000 per year if you begin your plumbing career in a medium-sized firm. As with nearly every profession, plumbers working in the London area can expect a higher salary then those elsewhere in the UK.

Once you have gained some professional experience, your wage will increase. An experienced plumber makes roughly £21,000 – £30,000 per year (if working within an established medium-sized plumbing firm). To reach this level of earning, you will need some additional qualifications and a more supervisory / managerial position within your company.

Alternatively, you can enrol on our Premier Plumbing Course and gain multiple gas and electrical qualifications that will allow you to join the Gas Safe Register and complete a wider range of work, including installing and wiring boilers. If you have completed your Gas Safe training as well as your standard plumbing training, you may be able to earn as much as £35,000 per year as a gas plumber.

Many of our learners choose to become self-employed once they've got some industry-recognised plumbing qualifications under their belt. Being your own boss gives you a lot of flexibility, allowing you to choose:

  • The hours that you work
  • The kind of jobs you do
  • The amount you charge per job

Self-employed plumbers tend to earn more than plumbers who choose to work for someone else's firm. Some self-employed plumbers make as much as £60,000 a year.

Self-employed plumbers can charge up to £90 an hour, and could potentially make £1,000 per week. This obviously depends on how much demand there is for plumbing repairs and installations in your local area (and how many other plumbers you're competing with). But with the current skills shortage only set to intensify over the coming years, a skilled tradesperson can dictate their own prices.

It is not unheard of for an experienced plumber to make £100,000 in the course of a single year. If you are prepared to put the hours in and offer a 24-hour emergency plumbing service as well alongside your day-to-day duties, you can do very well for yourself indeed!

Access Training Academies can help you to achieve your career goals and earn the qualifications that will enable you to make a living from plumbing.

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Constant advancements in heating technology mean that it's crucial for plumbers and gas engineers to ensure that their skills are always up to date with the latest changes and developments. Plumbing professionals must ensure that they are qualified to work on a variety of systems, in order to guarantee a safe and efficient service for themselves and their customers.

These days, most new properties have unvented hot water storage systems, which are far more complicated and have more parts than older, open-vented systems. Even if you have a wealth of experience with other types of hot water systems, a lack of knowledge in this particular area could soon cause you to come unstuck if you attempt to work on an unvented system without the proper training.

How to get qualified

Here at Access Training, we deliver an accredited Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems course for plumbers and heating engineers.

This training package will equip you with all the relevant skills and knowledge needed to install and maintain modern hot water systems. It will also familiarise you with the G3 Building Regulations, which you will need to follow when working on hot water storage systems. At the end of the course, you'll gain a qualification that allows you to work on unvented systems (as well as solar thermal hot water installations).

Unlike some of our other plumbing courses, this course is specifically designed to suit experienced plumbers and heating engineers who wish to expand and update their skill set. When you successfully complete the course, you will be supplied with an ID card that identifies you as being qualified to deal with this type of work, providing peace of mind for your customers.

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