Plumbing apprenticeship question

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jbphburg

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I was wondering what the pay is like while you're going through your apprenticeship. I'm sure it increases as you become more proficient, but do you normally start at minimum wage?
 

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Most accredited apprenticeships start off at 40 to 50% of local Journeymans rate of pay. When I started mine, back in 1970, it was 50% and rose by 5 or 10% every 6 months.
 

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Welcome to the forum!

This type of thread should normally go in the "General Plumbing Help" section. This section is for introducing yourself. I'll leave it here for a couple days.
 

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I pay ditch diggers $12/hr.

I call new apprentices ditch diggers because thats usually all they are good for.
 

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Thanks for the replies guys, much appreciated. Hell, I'd be happy to dig ditches as a beginner, gotta start somehere. Good thing I'm trying to get into better shape, sounds like I need to.
Thanks for leaving this post here for a couple days Otahyoni.

What basic tool kit am I expected to provide myself with as a beginner?
 

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Wages are very much related to location. I know of plumbers with some years of experience who are only making $12 an hour, especially now in such a down economy.

But, if you are in an apprenticeship program, as majakdragon mentioned it is required that you be payed a certain wage dependant upon how far you are in the program.

I would want a new helper to show up on the job with a good framing hammer, a hacksaw, a torpedo level, a good tape measure, flat and Philips screwdriver, ratchet cutters, copper tubing cutters if it is a copper job, channel lock pliers, a lot of respect for what tools of mine he might use, and most importantly, a desire to learn how to do plumbing right. Some companies/foreman might have different requirments, but in my line of work, the above would get you off on the right foot.
 

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Thanks phishfood, easy enough to outfit oneself with those tools. The economy has wages down, I'm sure, all we can do is hope things improve.
 

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And don't forget a pencil.

A very important tool.

I carry a mini mag flashlight, a box cutter, and a Leatherman on my belt all day every day. They always come in handy.
 

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