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Any plumbers in the house?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Ps3udonymous, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. Aug 1, 2020 at 11:06 AM
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    Ps3udonymous [OP] Who is the smart ass that changed the title?

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    Looking for info on opening my own plumbing company.

    To be clear, I will say I am several years out on this, however, I would like to know what I'm up against.

    I am in Texas, I have my apprentice registration. I've been doing plumbing for just about 7 years in the military (we aren't required licenses to work on base) but I don't have a master plumber to work under for the state requirements...I'll be looking into find a company to work for until I'm in the spot to get my master license.

    Trying to see if there is anyone here that owns their own plumbing business in Texas.
     
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    Are you talking about service plumbing or production (construction)?

    When I worked at Rescue Rooter they had a program where once a year you could apply for masters certification, if you got it they paid you an extra 2%.
     
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    I would do either honestly.

    2% seems rather low...
     
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    The max cap was 29% there, the extra 2% helps long run but I never went for it. I was doing about 30k straight revenew a month and getting 27% of that, an extra 2% would have been nice. Especially when you hit those occasional 20k sewer replacement jobs that take 3 days to pull off.
     
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    I suppose when you put it like that. Did you make commission based on the job?
     
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    Yeah, at any big service shop I've worked at the basic breakdown was job price minus marked up parts, minus any added labor(in house helper or labor ready), minus a small trip fee. Whatever is left from there is straight revenue and you'd get between 22-27% of it. If you split a job with another tech you'd be splitting the revenue. You could earn an extra percent if you either had 5 years seniority or if you were a trainer. I had the 5 year perk.

    The basic bar for me was to make a thousand revenue a day, if I went much more than that Uncle Sam would be brutal. This was back in 2006 right before the recession slammed all the big shops.

    I only did production work for 2 weeks, the outfit I was with was horrible so I quit. They paid piece work which was good if you hustled.
     
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