Electricians and?Plumbers are Australia’s richest tradies.?
Plumbers ?and electricians are Australia’s richest tradies, often charging more than double what your average lawyer earns.
If you think that sounds insane, it’s not. Have a look at these figures.
National figures from one of Australia’s most popular job quote websites serviceseeking.com.au reveal the average plumber charges $78.40 an hour, which is almost up 5% per cent more than two years ago, and the average electrician charges $74.61 an hour, which is up 4 per cent.
And tradesmen are charging more than the average lawyer.
The average Australian lawyer, by comparison, earns $37 an hour, according to PayScale
(That figure may seem low, compared to what you see in newspapers and on TV shows, but the reality is that many lawyers work extremely long hours for their wage.)
ServiceSeeking.com.au chief executive Jeremy Levitt was quoted as saying that despite high costs of materials and insurances, skilled tradies can earn a fortune.And they do. Many making over $2000 to $4000 a week. Even unskilled trades like painters and gardeners still make an average wage, however if you want to be rich, get a license and become a plumber or electrician.
Across all industries in Australia, the average tradesman earns $60.88 an hour in 2015.?At a state level, NSW concreters earn the most, charging $88.71 an hour.?They are followed by WA electricians at $87.33 and then WA plumbers at $87.67 an hour. Same with?Plumber Newcastle reports earlier this year.
NSW builders have enjoyed the largest jump in earnings this year, increasing 28% on last year to reach $77.85 an hour.
“Going out to WA is still a good idea if you are a tradesman,” Levitt from SkillShare says. Because even though the mining boom has cooled down, tradesmen are still in high demand relative to supply. House builders in Sydney are in a prime position to make a fortune. This is because home owners are very confident about property prices rising again, and therefore there is a lot of work going on in the renovation market. Home owners feel confident about ?return on investment and are putting more and more money into their property.
In Queensland, building and renovation tradespeople can charge on average $55.37 an hour. Many construction companies even have trouble keeping builders and plumbing qualified tradesmen because the prices being paid by competitors are so attractive. This just drives tradesmen salaries up and up.
“Prices can be “crazy”. “Some ask for $45 an hour where 20 years ago it was $20 an hour,”
“It feels like everyone is putting prices up all the time.”
How much Do Tradesmen Charge (Australian Averages 2015)
- Plumbing: $78.40
- Electricians: $74.61
- Landscaping: $67.01
- Building & Renovations: $66.17
- Concreting: $66.37
- Carpentry: $58.55
- Painting: $42.18
- Plastering: $48.15
- Tiling & Paving: $43.14
- Flooring: $42.54
So as you can see getting licensed as a plumber or electrician is a great idea. Next time your kids say they want to be a tradesmen, don’t shake your head. They will probably out earn both you, and your lawyer friends down the street within a year or two.
You can also?by searching social media?to check local builder, electrician and?plumber rates . Twitter and Facebook both offer ways to search for local contractors and?determine hourly rates before hiring staff.
Article by your local trades plumbing specialists:?Hunter Eco Plumbing Newcastle