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Plumbing Cost

Plumbing Cost

National average
$45 - $150
(per hour)
Low: $50 - $100

(inspection and service call fee)

High: $3,000 - $14,000

(flat fee for a large job like a bathroom remodel)

Cost to hire a plumber varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
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The average cost to hire a plumber is $45 - $65 per hour.

In this guide

Hourly rate
Flat fee
Enhancements
Additional Considerations

How much does it cost to hire a plumber?

Plumbers are called to repair and install piping, to remove clogs from bathroom or kitchen drain pipes (drain cleaning), to assist with kitchen or bathroom remodels, and more. Areas with plumbing fixtures such as bathrooms, kitchens, and pool areas need piping installations performed by experienced plumbers or plumbing companies.

There are some DIY methods for home plumbing, particularly for drain cleaning, but more complicated plumbing jobs such as installations require a high level of technical expertise.

  • Plumbing services usually are structured as a flat fee cost rather than hourly, ensuring that you know how much you are going to pay upfront. However, hourly rates are often usually used to calculate the flat rate.
  • Each type of plumbing job will vary greatly in cost because of factors that influence the project like the difficult of the drain cleaning or installation, the time required, the expertise of the plumber or plumbing company.

Hourly rate

Many plumbers charge an hourly rate for larger jobs. This rate has a considerable range, depending on where you’re located. It’s not uncommon to see ranges of $45 to $150 per hour. The most common average hourly charge, however is around $85 per hour for most plumbing work.

Many plumbers will also charge a one-time service or inspection fee, simply for arriving at your home to take a look at the job. This will range from $50 to $100, and will usually be added to the final cost.

Flat fee


In addition to hourly charges, many plumbers will also charge a flat fee for some smaller jobs. These jobs may also have an additional fee of $50 to $100 for inspection or as a service call as well. Sometimes this fee may be waived if you proceed with a larger job.

A partial list of typical flat fee jobs may include:

  • Drain cleaning: the cost of drain cleaning which is typically performed with a mechanical plumbing snake 1 and can range from $100 to $300.
  • Main water line installation: the cost of a main water line installation is around $1,500 to $2,000 for a 6-foot copper water line.
  • Appliance installation: the cost to install a kitchen appliance varies from $200 - $600, although you may find some dedicated appliance installation services that handle this job for $75 - $100, if all plumbing and electrical work are in place. This can be handled by a plumber or by a service professional for many types of appliances including refrigerators and dishwashers.
  • Leak repair: the cost to repair a plumbing leak typically starts around $200 and will go up depending on the severity of the leak, how difficult it is to access, and whether the pipes need to be replaced. It is not uncommon for a major leak to cost thousands of dollars to repair.
  • Piping Installation: piping installations for bathrooms, kitchens and other parts of a home or business can vary significantly depending on the complexity of the project.
    • A standard bathroom (40 sq.ft.) pipe installation would take approximately 45 hours and would cost between $3,500 and $5,000 on average. Materials such as piping can add an additional $1,000 - $5,000 to the cost.
    • A standard kitchen (100 sq.ft.) plumbing installation is more complex because of the larger size of the room and additional fixtures, and a standard piping installation would take approximately 60 hours and cost between $5,000 and $6,000.
    • Piping materials can add another $1,000 - $5,000 to the cost. Inspection fees for both types of installations can range from $50 to $100. If there is existing piping that needs to be removed, the piping installation will cost an extra $1,000 to $3,000.
  • Sump pump installation: sump pumps 2 are used to move water away from a building foundation. A professionally installed sump pump system can cost $1,000 to $3,000 not including the sump pump. An average sump pump costs $100 to $400.
  • Water heater installation: it's essential that a water heater is properly installed and to hire a licensed plumber for safety reasons. A professional water heater installation can cost $800 to $1,500 for labor. The cost of the water heater itself can range from $500 to $1,500 for an electric water heater, while gas water heaters can run between $300 to $800.

Enhancement and improvement costs

Sauna

Installing a 5'x7' 4-person sauna costs around $4,500 including the sauna.

Propane tank

A propane 3 tank costs $100 - $500. To run the pipe, the tank itself should be installed by the provider.

Bathtub

The typical cost to install a bathtub is $2,500 for a 5-foot long tub including the tub.

Solar water heater

A solar water heater can cost between $8,000 - $10,000 to install and requires a professional installation.

Sprinkler system

The cost to install a sprinkler system 4 is between $2,500 - $3,500 including the sprinklers.

Plumbing for a bathroom remodel

The cost to install plumbing for a 50 sq.ft. standard sized bathroom remodel is around $14,000 on average including the fixtures, pipes, and disposal.

Plumbing for a kitchen remodel

The cost to install plumbing for a kitchen remodel is $10,000 including the dishwasher, sink, pipes, and disposal.

Energy efficient water heaters

Energy efficient water heaters can cost between $1,500 and $6,000 while standard gas or electric water heaters are $300 to $1,500.

Copper pipping

Copper piping is resistant to corrosion and biostatic, but it is about three times more expensive than PEX piping.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Water heaters that are lower in cost may not be as energy efficient as their higher priced counterparts.
  • Emergency plumbers will charge a call out fee between $50 and $100 and will also add a premium of $50 to $75 per hour to their regular hourly rate. So if their normal hourly rate is $50 per hour, you can expect to pay $100 to $125 per hour for emergency plumbing services.
  • Most drain cleaning jobs can be finished quickly, but sewer drains 5 that have collapsed or otherwise been permanently damaged will need to be repaired with a sewer line 6 repair service.
  • Leaks that are located closer to the fixture (such as the sink or tub) are usually less expensive to service.
  • Pedestal sump pumps 7 are less expensive to install than submersible sump pumps 2.
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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
See full cheat sheet.
1 Plumbing snake: A thin, pliable tool used to clear difficult clogs in plumbing systems
glossary term picture Sump Pump 2 Sump pumps: A mechanical device used to remove water from wet areas such as basements and crawlspaces in order to help prevent flooding
glossary term picture Propane 3 Propane: A hydrocarbon gas used as a common fuel source
glossary term picture Sprinkler System 4 Sprinkler system: Set of equipment used to irrigate lawns
glossary term picture Sewer Drain 5 Sewer drains: Exit-point for the removal of waste materials from a home or building
glossary term picture Sewer Line 6 Sewer line: Principal pipe in a sewage system
glossary term picture Pedestal Sump Pump 7 Pedestal sump pumps: A mechanical device that stands on a supportive base and is used to remove water from wet areas, such as basements and crawlspaces, in order to help prevent flooding

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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Ashville, OH
-23%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Berkeley, CA
+39%
Brick, NJ
+3%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Clarksville, TN
-13%
Columbus, GA
-20%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Comanche, TX
-37%
Corona, CA
+19%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Ellenwood, GA
-4%
Fairfield, CA
+5%
Fayetteville, NC
-20%
Fishers, IN
+9%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Mill, SC
-13%
Fremont, CA
+35%
Garden Grove, CA
+20%
Greensboro, NC
-9%
Greenwood, IN
-20%
Hampton, VA
-18%
Henderson, NV
+10%
Hillsboro, OR
+15%
Houston, TX
+24%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Jonesboro, GA
-4%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Katy, TX
+63%
Lanexa, VA
-29%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Little Rock, AR
0%
Livonia, MI
+16%
Long Beach, CA
+16%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Los Banos, CA
-25%
Macon, MO
-47%
Manchester, PA
+1%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Metairie, LA
+31%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Modesto, CA
-12%
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