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Hi i am 17 and i have had a lot of trouble thinking of what i want to do, but i have chosen to do a four year course in plumbing. Hopefully after those four years i will become a fully qualified plumber, the thing i want to know is, how much do plumbers earn?, i know its been in the papers that they earn very good money, but is this true. I went on a website and they said a fully qualified plumber will be expected to be paid in the region of, £25 - £40 k a year, with is very good money.

If you lot know anything please let me know

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Hi i am 17 and i have had a lot of trouble thinking of what i want to do, but i have chosen to do a four year course in plumbing. Hopefully after those four years i will become a fully qualified plumber, the thing i want to know is, how much do plumbers earn?, i know its been in the papers that they earn very good money, but is this true. I went on a website and they said a fully qualified plumber will be expected to be paid in the region of, £25 - £40 k a year, with is very good money.

If you lot know anything please let me know

thanks
Well, about two weeks ago I had a plumbing emergency at about midnight (long story - basically, my boyfriend broke the cistern off the wall by standing on it). I called a few 24-hour plumbers and most of them had answerphones on, but I did get one quote for coming out at that time of night ... £800!!!!

Bear in mind that this is in London where everything is more expensive, but even so, that's pretty bad. Needless to say, I didn't ask him to come over, but I'm sure some people pay it in an emergency. We got someone out the next day who was going to charge about £60 for an hour's work (and parts which cost abut £15).

In the end, we got our landlord to fix it for free.

You would have to spend money on transporting yourself around, and a lot of your day might be taken up with driving, but believe me, plumbers earn a lot of money! Especially the 24-hour ones.
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Hi i am 17 and i have had a lot of trouble thinking of what i want to do, but i have chosen to do a four year course in plumbing. Hopefully after those four years i will become a fully qualified plumber, the thing i want to know is, how much do plumbers earn?, i know its been in the papers that they earn very good money, but is this true. I went on a website and they said a fully qualified plumber will be expected to be paid in the region of, £25 - £40 k a year, with is very good money.

If you lot know anything please let me know

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I had heard figures for some up to 70k, so it is a good career.
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the thing is, that i know nothing about plumbing, but i would have thought that the college would teach me everything i would need to know?
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the thing is, that i know nothing about plumbing, but i would have thought that the college would teach me everything i would need to know?
That's the whole point in doing a course! If you are practically-minded and don't think it would bore you, go for it.
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the thing is, that i know nothing about plumbing, but i would have thought that the college would teach me everything i would need to know?
If you are generally a practically skilled person, then you should have no problem.
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well thats the problem im not really a practically skilled person, but i still feel that could become very good, im not like my brother, he likes to fix things like computers. But that doesnt mean i hate it, i dont want to do a career where i sit in an office all day, i like the fact that u get to travel and u work in different enviroments. Im a person who who likes to move about, not stand still. obviously it helps to be a practically skilled person but i feel i can become one. I feel i can grow into it.
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well thats the problem im not really a practically skilled person, but i still feel that could become very good, im not like my brother, he likes to fix things like computers. But that doesnt mean i hate it, i dont want to do a career where i sit in an office all day, i like the fact that u get to travel and u work in different enviroments. Im a person who who likes to move about, not stand still. obviously it helps to be a practically skilled person but i feel i can become one. I feel i can grow into it.
You probably feel like this because you haven't tried yet. Face it - not many of us have tried fixing a toilet! It's natural for you to be worried that you might not suit the course. I wouldn't rcommend you start messing about with your house's plumbing, but why not try something similar and see if you like it?

Do your parents have a car? Ask them if you can have a look under the bonnet to see how it works. You might find you have a natural aptitude for understanding the mechanics of everyday things.
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thanks guys you've made me feel alot better about it and its made my mind a lot clearer.
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First off to earn decent money from it you have to be

1) Good at the job
2) Corgi registered (mos the money is in gas)
3) Work for your self

£70K is extreme and I would guess thats the cowboy rip off merchants that earn that much. £25k seems more realisitic to me. Modern plumbing isn't that hard, me and my mate replumbed our house and he had a little experience where as I had none, I was able to connect the taps up the pipes etc.

Gas work is much harder though due to much stricter regulations.
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thats what i mean u can earn £25 k from just doing plumbing and if your good enough you can move on to harder things like central heating, air conditional etc, but earning £25-£30k isnt that bad for what u r doing.

I would be very happy with that, u can buy a good car and a good house/flat so isnt that bad, remember im only 16 so i can learn as much as i want.

Also my brother (who is 23) works for himself buying and selling and he earns up 2 £50 - 60k a year, and that is a 6 day a week job, so i can do a bit of that as on the odd day and that will earn me even more.
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Only master plumbers earn >30k, an there are less than 200 of these nationally, I believe you have to pass NVQ level 3 or something like that.
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Wages are high atm because of a skilsl shortage in plumbing (and other trades), they will soon fall...expect to be earning around 20-30k.
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this is what a good website said about wages in plumbing "The starting pay for the trade is put at between £17,000 and £18,000 while after ten years a plumber can be earning anything between £40,000 and £75,000 a year."
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this is what a good website said about wages in plumbing "The starting pay for the trade is put at between £17,000 and £18,000 while after ten years a plumber can be earning anything between £40,000 and £75,000 a year."
Which website was that? Very few plumbers will ever earn over 30k., you must have realistic expectations when deciding on a career.
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Those websites excaderate because they want to get peopleinto the trade.

If the wages were that good everybody would be doing it. However even £25k is more than enough to live off.
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thats what im trying to say, by doing plumbing as a career u are earning good money, and its a career that as u get more experience u get higher pay. I am relistic and i know u dont get what they say u do but, i garantee u, u at least get £25k and that is not bad for what u r doing, is it?
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thats what im trying to say, by doing plumbing as a career u are earning good money, and its a career that as u get more experience u get higher pay. I am relistic and i know u dont get what they say u do but, i garantee u, u at least get £25k and that is not bad for what u r doing, is it?
25k is good, all I mean is don't go into it expecting to earn something like 70k because it ain't gonna happen, as our American friends would say.
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Do you all mean that you have considered becoming a plumber sometime in your life???
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Do you all mean that you have considered becoming a plumber sometime in your life???
No - there was just an article in the Times about it a few months ago.
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