Becoming a Plumbing Apprentice: What are the Benefits?
Are you wondering if becoming an apprentice is right for you? Below are a few key benefits to becoming a plumbing apprentice.
- Earn While You Learn. Plumbing is a unique career path because you have the ability to earn money while you complete your training. The average plumbing apprentice makes $35,115 per year and the average journeyman plumber makes $57,096. Compare this to your average college graduate who racks up student loans rather than making income while they learn and make an average of $59,124 per year after obtaining a bachelor's degree. On top of that, the typical apprenticeship program is 4-5 years long - the same as your average bachelor's degree!
- Cost effective alternative to a degree. Building off our previous point, the average student in the U.S. today has $31,172 in student loans and an average monthly payment of $393. You could be making more money than the average student while gaining skills and make near the same amount after becoming a journeyman - minus the debt.
- Gain skills in a working environment. Even if you decide not to stay in the field, you will gain valuable, real world experience in a working environment to add to your resume. These skills can translate to various engineering or construction jobs.
- Learn from experienced seniors in the industry. As an apprentice, you will be working with experienced professionals in the plumbing industry. This gives you the opportunity to ask questions and see how the career has worked out for journeyman and master plumbers. Do they seem to enjoy their job? Are they making enough money to support their lifestyles?