According to the official statistics of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) there are approximately 4,690 plumbers, pipe-fitter and steam-fitters in Nevada. Nevada is situated in the Western region of the United States of America. As of 2019, the state had a population of 3,080,156, which is among the least populated states in the USA. But the population has been growing at a steady rate. Nevada’s total state product in 2018 was $170 billion. The per capita income is low and the unemployment rate is high in this state. The job market has however risen by 3.5% from 2018-19 which is higher than the rest of the US. This suggests that there could be many new opportunities for those who are looking for jobs in Nevada currently. The Water Division in Nevada is trying to appropriate and reallocate the public water resources for its citizens. The state is also trying to conserve, manage and enhance the water resources for the benefit to all. This means that the plumbing industry of the state could have a crucial role to play in the near future. This article will discuss the career prospects of plumbers and provide a detailed guide on how to become a plumber in Nevada.

A guide on plumbing


As mentioned above, there are about 4,690 people employed in the plumbing sector in Nevada. 3.37 persons people out of every 1000 people are employed in this industry. The average annual salary of a plumber in Nevada is $61,730. The range of wages extends from $51,582 to around $67,854. Plumbers enjoy an average hourly wage of $27.15. The average salary for a journeyman plumber is $21.80 per hour. Master plumbers earn around $30 per hour. On an average, apprentice plumbers earn around $20.80 per hour. The wage keeps increasing as plumbers gain more knowledge and experience over the course of time. It has been reported that Nevada is one of the fastest growing states in the USA in terms of creating new employment opportunities. The plumbing industry has therefore been growing in this state and there is+ likely to be a greater expansion in the days to come.


Insurance policies have become as essential for plumbers as their toolkits. It protects plumbers from unwanted expenditures and liability claims.

In the state of Nevada, it is mandatory for plumbers and contractors working with even one employee to have the Workers’ Compensation Insurance. This covers the cost of medical expenditures for injuries or other illnesses caused to the plumbers while at work.  

The next kind of insurance that is ranked highly in terms of importance is the General Liability Insurance. It protects the plumbing company from property damage claims caused due to its negligence.

It is also recommended that plumbers in Nevada get the Plumbing Contractors’ Insurance. This acts as a reassurance when plumbing firms work with clients. Most clients feel comfortable when the company is insured against damages and accidents.  Plumbers may also get the Property Insurance to protect their business equipment, furniture and other assets.



  • Must be atleast 18 years of age
  • High School or GED Certificate
  • College Degree or Vocational Courses (optional)
  • Apprenticeship
  • Pass the Licensing Tests

Provided here is a step by step guide on how to become a plumber in Nevada.

One must have a high school or GED certificate in order to consider applying for a plumber’s license. Enrolling in a vocational training course, although very valuable is not a mandatory requirement.


In order to gain a plumbing license in Nevada, the first step is to enrol in an apprenticeship program. There is no fee required for such an enrolment. It is mandatory to have 4 years or 8,000 hours of apprentice training under a state-registered and accredited program. Apprentice training programs include both classroom and on-the-job training that is supervised by a senior and licensed contractor.

Apprentice training

Apprentice applications require the following:

  • Valid Nevada driver’s license;
  • Birth certificate;
  • Social Security Card;
  • Diploma/GED;
  • Proof of prior experience if applicable;
  • Proof of experience within an accredited training program.

 Apprenticeship programs are mandatory and actively contribute to laying the foundation for a successful career in the plumbing trade.


It is mandatory to have a license in order to perform plumbing work in Nevada. Unlicensed execution of tasks is an offence and would lead to a fine of $1,000 for the first-time offenders and $10,000 for multiple offenders.

A journeyman or master plumber license application requires one to provide the following:

  • Affidavit of experience;
  • Official application;
  • Associate fees;
  • There will be an initial $300 fee in order to submit your application, and if approved there will also be a $600 fee every other year to maintain the license. 
  • Photo ID

The licenses are issued by the Nevada State Contractor’s Board. Once the application is accepted by the Nevada Board of Plumbing Examiners, a licensing analyst contacts the candidate and schedules an exam.

Candidates must take both the plumbing licensing exam and the contractors’ management survey exam. Taking the two exams together costs $140 and taking them separately costs $95 each. The tests can be taken via test or computer.

The plumbing license exam consists of an open and a closed book section consisting of 150 questions in total. Candidates must score 75% to pass

The contractors’ management survey exam is an open book test in which one must score atleast 42 to pass.

Plumbing licenses in Nevada must be renewed every three years. The license holder must take a 4-hour course code from an instructor or complete an open book test comprising of 25 questions online.

License renewal


Most plumbers attend vocational courses in plumbing because it helps in furnishing them with more knowledge of the trade and makes it easier to gain employment.

These courses are not mandatory but extremely popular and helpful. A number of colleges in Nevada offer vocational training in plumbing. Provided next is a list of such schools in the state:

  • National Technical Institute, Las Vegas – offers a course in plumbing technician training. This is a diversifies program that runs for 12 weeks. The subjects covered include the fundamentals of plumbing, math, blueprint reading, waste and water systems and even advanced plumbing. In addition to classroom training, this course also provides professional training and job placement skills.
  • PHCC of Nevada, Henderson – offers a renowned apprentice training program.
Training schools
  • Advanced Training Institute, Las Vegas – offers a course in HVAC training. This course also involves training on the basics of plumbing. This course is immensely helpful for those wishing to start a career in the plumbing and HVAC field.
  • Pipe Trades Training Centre, Las Vegas – offers training and classes in plumbing and pipe trades for members of the United Association Welding Certificate Program. They also offer a 5-year apprenticeship program.
  • Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno – offers courses in HVAC, construction and manufacturing technologies that could be considered by those who want to start a career in this field. The program on manufacturing technologies also includes training in welding and a registered apprenticeship.

Overnight, the Covid-19 pandemic swept through the world and changed almost every aspect of our lifestyles from the economic patterns of consumption to our social activities. It has had a huge impact on the economy and also on employment generation. The economy of Nevada has been hit hard. Work from home has been the adopted pattern for all businesses across the state of Nevada. But “essential services” like plumbing naturally continue to be carried out outdoors. There has however been a decline in the construction industry with most projects being halted or cancelled suddenly. The construction business will not fully recover unless the other industries resurrect themselves. It is however being expected that Nevada’s economy may rebound by mid-2021. Northern Nevada is also witnessing a diversification in the economy. This has led to a boom in the number of manufacturing and construction companies aiming to work in the region. This could lead to a manifold increase in the demand for trained plumbing technicians. Therefore, although the current scenario does not look too bright, it can be expected that a lot of opportunities will be created for the plumbing industry in Nevada in the near future. The sun is just rising on this sector.

Rising sun

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *