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Moving to Ohio Doesn’t Make You a Bad Plumber
Ohio has a shortage of plumbers. The job has an average salary of nearly $60,000—20% more than the typical worker makes in the Buckeye State. Some Ohio plumbers make six figures, which goes pretty far in a state where the cost of living is among the lowest in the nation.
There’s no single way to solve the shortage, but one contributing factor has been dealt with. On New Year’s Day, Gov. Mike DeWine signed a universal licensing recognition bill that’s one of the strongest in the nation. It covers the roughly 650 Ohio professions—accounting for roughly 1 in 5 jobs—that require workers to obtain an occupational license. Acquiring these government permission slips typically involves some combination of education and training, and would-be license holders must almost always pay the state for the privilege of working.