Plumber vs Electrician in 2021? – 4 Factors to Consider


0:00 – Intro
0:41 – Plumbers and Electricians Make Similar Money
2:46 – The Job Market is Better for Electricians
4:41 – Entrepreneurship might be easier for plumbers
5:55 – Plumbers and Electricians Holland Codes
6:02 – Outro

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Plumber vs. electrician in 2021? Choosing between plumber and electrician isn’t about “which is a much better occupation” because, in general, none is better than the other. Both of them are important in today’s society, so it is more about “which suits your taste.”

In this post, I provide 4 factors that can help you choose between the two, which are:

Plumbers and electricians have similar wage growth.
There are far more job postings for electricians than plumbers.
Entrepreneurship may be better for plumbers.
Electricians are a little more curious, and plumbers are a bit more orderly.
Let’s get started.

You don’t need to get a bachelor’s degree before you become a plumber or an electrician. Both occupations are skills-based, so having a high school diploma is enough. But a certificate and/or a license is required, so you really have to go through formal training before you can work.

One of the most important factors that must be considered is whether the payment is worth the effort. But the thing is, plumbers and electricians both have to work with their hands so that both occupations can be tiring. So, the question is, between the two, which pays more?

Well, would you believe me if I said that there isn’t that much of a difference when it comes to the amount a plumber is getting and to that of an electrician?

Are there more faucets and pipes to fix than broken electric wires to work with? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is the latter: There were 688,620 electricians and 442,870 plumbers in 2019, so electricians were more in demand.

What if you prefer working independently? Should you be a plumber or an electrician? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8% of plumbers and 5% of electricians are self-employed. Given that, there is no right or wrong answer. Both occupations suit your desire to work by yourself!

In fact, to date, there are 442,870 employed plumbers and 688,620 employed electricians. 8% of 442,870 is 35,429 and 5% of 688,620 is 34,431. The total numbers aren’t far from each other at all.

However, we must consider the 3% difference. Why are there more self-employed plumbers than self-employed electricians?

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