How to Become a Plumber in Georgia

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Plumbers will always be in demand, all over the world, including in the State of Georgia.

If you want your job to have the possibility of turning into a career, you can consider becoming a plumber.

Through this guide, you’ll learn what are the steps to enter this trade in Georgia.

Plumber Job Description and Requirements

This job involves working with your hands quite a lot, so this is something to keep in mind when trying to decide.

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You’ll often have to work outside regardless of weather conditions, and not everyone can or is willing to do so.

Carrying various heavy items is also to be expected, at least from time to time.

Most of the tasks you’ll be expected to complete include:

  • Installing, repairing and maintaining water supply systems
  • Installing, repairing and maintaining sewage systems
  • Installing, repairing and maintaining gas piping systems
  • Reading blueprints
  • Ensuring the safety regulations are met

All these procedures will include actions such as:

  • Measuring
  • Soldering
  • Cutting
  • Inspecting

Choosing and using various tools in a certain order is how these actions and tasks are performed.

However, you cannot perform any of these tasks without a proper license.

You’ll need to first enroll in a training program and only after you can obtain your plumber license.

There are 3 licenses available in Georgia:

  • Journeyman plumber license,
  • Master plumber license Class I,
  • Plumber license Class II.

Plumber Training in Georgia

The most common way of completing your training is through an apprenticeship.

You can also enroll in a vocational college, but you’ll still have to complete an apprenticeship period.

This period is about 4 years long, or 8,000 hours in total.

You should know that classroom education is mandatory for those who choose to go straight for the apprenticeship.

You’ll have to attend 160 hours in a classroom, although online classes are also available with some programs.

As an apprentice, you’ll work supervised by a licensed master plumber and also earn a wage just like the other plumbers.

The requirements to enroll in these programs are as follows:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have the physical ability to perform the job
  • Fill out an application form

You’ll study topics such as:

  • Foundations of mathematics,
  • Plumbing drawings,
  • Water supply systems,
  • Drainage systems
  • English
  • Plumbing codes

Becoming a Journeyman Plumber in Georgia

Like in most states, if you want to become a journeyman plumber, you’ll have to first complete your apprenticeship.

Your next step is to pass an exam and you can only sit through the test after applying.

To become a journeyman you need at least 3 years of experience as an apprentice.

These professionals can install, maintain, alter, or repair plumbing fixtures and systems, while still being supervised.

Becoming a Master Plumber

As already mentioned, there are two licenses available to those who want to become master plumbers.

These are:

  • Class I
  • Class II

To become a Class I master plumber you need to accumulate at least 5 years of experience in the field, with 2 years of primary experience.

These professionals are allowed to complete repairs, installation, and drainage work on dwellings designed for no more than 2 families.

In some cases, they can work on commercial structures that are smaller than 10,000 square feet.

For the Class II master plumber license you need:

  • At least 5 years of experience, with 2 years of primary experience
  • Experience in the commercial and/or industrial setting

These professionals have no restrictions when contracting plumbing jobs.

Plumber Salary Information

Plumbers start earning money since they enroll in the apprenticeship program.

When you start working the paycheck will be rather low, but it will gradually increase the more time you work in the field.

In cities like Atlanta, Athens, Roswell, and Alpharetta, you have the possibility of earning more than in the rest of the state.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
Location Avg. Annual Salary
Atlanta $56,859
Augusta $53,444
Columbus $51,932
Macon $53,393
Savannah $53,733
Athens $56,457
Roswell $56,645
Warner Robins $53,232
Albany $52,837
Alpharetta $56,564

Regional Salary in Georgia

Region Employed Avg. Annual Salary Avg. Hourly Pay Top 10% Annual Salary Bottom 10% Annual Salary
Albany, GA80$46,810$22.5$62,990$27,210
Athens-Clarke County, GA140$55,900$26.88$74,340$40,150
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA3,930$59,410$28.56$77,610$37,260
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC1,130$70,810$34.04$99,940$38,220
Brunswick, GA90$58,210$27.99$62,670$38,380
Columbus, GA-AL160$49,130$23.62$63,030$36,800
Dalton, GA70$59,390$28.55$82,770$37,930
Gainesville, GA140$54,860$26.38$76,290$35,700
Macon, GA130$49,920$24$65,710$36,910
Rome, GA50$47,210$22.7$65,770$36,000
Savannah, GA290$58,640$28.19$80,410$39,460
Valdosta, GA70$46,900$22.55$62,820$33,470
Warner Robins, GA160$54,490$26.2$75,870$37,790
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters, OCC Code 47-2152, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

Additional Information

The plumbing licenses are valid for 2 years but you’ll be reminded 2 months in advance, and the renewal fee is $75.

If you plan on moving to or away from Georgia, you should know that this state doesn’t have any license reciprocity agreement with any other state.

Plumbers also need to have insurance that will cover damages to the property or injuries to the client.

The Georgia Board of Construction Industry has more information related to how much money you need for insurance.

As a plumber, you have the possibility of joining a union because this brings many benefits, such as access to a pension plan, a higher salary, and health insurance.

The disadvantages include having to pay a union membership fee and having to obey regulations you may not agree with.

Schools Offering Plumbing Programs in Georgia

School Name Address
Albany Technical College Plumbing 1704 S Slappey Blvd, Albany, GA 31701
Mechanical Trades Institute - Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust 6120 Purdue Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30336
Atlanta Technical College 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4446
Southern Crescent Technical College 501 Varsity Rd, Griffin, Georgia 30223-2042
Georgia Plumbing Institute 3645 Marketplace Boulevard suite 130 #212, East Point, GA 30344
LOCAL UNION 188 2337 E Victory Dr, Savannah, GA 31404
PHCC of GA 101 Pilgrim Village Drive, Suite 200 Cumming, GA 30040
Georgia Work Force One Inc. 935 Marietta St NW STE 29 Atlanta GA 30318
FitzGerald & Sons Plumbing Company 105 Auburn Court, Peachtree City, GA 30269
FitzGerald & Sons Plumbing Company 15 Perry St Suite 112, Newnan, GA 30263
Ricky Heath Plumbing 505 HILLCREST INDUSTRIAL BLVD. MACON, GA 31204
Panacea Plumbing 1582 Williams Dr, Suite 300 Marietta, GA 30066
Central Georgia Technical College 3300 Macon Tech Drive Macon, GA 31206 US
Mock Plumbing & Mechanical, Inc 67 Ross Road Savannah, GA 31405
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