A plumber’s entry level salary ranges from P8,000 - P10,000 per month and may even go up to P13,000 per month for those highly-trained and experienced. In the Middle East, where a large number of
OFWs are employed, the monthly salary for a plumber is $700.

Basic Educational Requirement

High school education coupled with trade certificate from vocational training center with full apprenticeship training are the minmum requirements to be a Plumber.

Cost of Education/Training *

The training cost for a plumber approximately ranges from P5,000 - P7,000 in private technical schools and about P2,000 to P4,500 in other institutions.

Employment Opportunities

Demand for plumbers will be driven by maintenance activities for places having extensive systems of pipes, such as power plants, water and waste water treatment plants, office buildings, and factories. 
Plumber may also be employed in the following industries: Mining and Quarrying, Manufacturing, Electricity, Gas and Water Supply, Construction, Hotels and Restaurants, Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities, Other Community, and Social and Personal Service Activities.

Prospects for Career Advancement

Career advancement is dependent on pursuing additional training. Some plumbers become supervisors for mechanical and plumbing contractors, others go into business themselves and eventually become owners of businesses employing many workers and may spend most of their time as managers rather than as plumbers. Others move into closely related areas such as construction management and building inspection.

Nature of Work

A plumber is a tradesperson who specializes in installing and maintaining systems used for potable (drinking) water, sewage, drainage, or industrial process plant piping.


  • Installs, repairs and maintains domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing fixtures and systems;
  • Locates and marks positions for pipe connections, passage holes, and fixtures in walls and floors;
  • Measures, cuts, bends, and threads pipes using hand and power tools or machines;
  • Tests pipes for leaks using air and water pressure gauges; and
  • Ensures safety standards and regulations are met.

Skills and Competencies

  • Can read, interpret, create and maintain drawings and specifications;
  • Can install pipe, fittings, valves and supports;
  • Can install fixtures, equipment, devices;
  • Has the ability to perform rigging and hoisting;
  • Has the ability to do careful and exacting work; and
  • Has the ability to read and understand complex instructions.

Physical Attributes and Characteristics

  • Physically fit;
  • Manual dexterity;
  • Strong communication and analytical skills; and
  • Close attention to details.

* Based on 2011 rates.