How Much Do Tradesmen Charge Per Day?

The majority of tradesmen tend to charge a daily rate for certain jobs that will take longer than a few hours to complete. To help you calculate the cost of hiring a tradesperson, take a look at the following cost guide:

Tradesmen Day Rate Price List

The table below sets out the average day rate of each tradesperson.

Tradesperson Average day rate
Plumber £200 - £400
Carpenter £160 - £240
Painter and Decorator £100 - £300
Electrician £170 - £340
Plasterer £150 - £220
Kitchen Fitter £120 - £200
Bricklayer £130 - £180
Labourer £100 - £160
Scaffolder £150 - £210
Tiler £150 - £220
Builder £130 - £260
Window Cleaner £30 - £80
Gardener £120 - £260
Landscaper £100 - £180
Roofer £150 - £200
Window Fitter £100 - £200

Plumber Day Rate

If you need to hire a plumber to install a new bathroom or fix plumbing work in your kitchen, then the average day rate is typically around £200, although it can range from £200 to £400 per day.

Carpenter Day Rate

A carpenter is typically required for jobs such as constructing and installing kitchen cabinets or repairing wooden structures such as door frames. The average cost of hiring a carpenter is around £200 per day, although day rates usually stand anywhere between £160 to £240.

Painter and Decorator Day Rate

A painter and decorator is required when you need a brand-new wallpaper or to paint a newly-built wall. Painters and decorators tend to charge an average of around £200, however, this will depend on the job and the location, as prices can range from £100 to £300

Electrician Day Rate

You should expect to pay around £250 to hire an electrician to install electrical fixtures such as an electric boiler or lighting. However, an electrician’s daily rate may vary depending on whether you choose a small or large company, as costs start from £170 and can reach up to £340

Plasterer Day Rate

Plasterers tend to charge around £180 per day to completely re-plaster walls for newly built structures or damp walls. A plasterer’s day rate can also start from £150 for small businesses while a large business may cost up to £220 per day.

Kitchen Fitter Day Rate

Kitchen fitters are qualified to install kitchen cabinets and worktops. The average day rate for a kitchen fitter is £160, although this can vary depending on the size of the kitchen and the materials used with prices ranging from £120 to £200.

Bricklayer Day Rate

The average day rate for a bricklayer is around £150, although this can start as low as £130 up to £180 per day. The amount they charge will usually depend on the job and whether you choose a small or large company.

Labourer Day Rate

There are various jobs that a labourer performs including laying foundations, clearing sites and more general tasks. The average labourer charges around £130, although this can range from £100 to £160 per day.

Scaffolder Day Rate

A scaffolder’s job involves assembling scaffolding around a structure to ensure it is safe for workers. They usually charge around £180 per day, however, their daily rate can start from £150 and go up to £210.

Tiler Day Rate

Hiring a professional to install tiling in your bathroom or kitchen should cost around £180 a day. Some individual traders may only charge a daily rate of £150, while larger companies in areas like London may set a rate of up to £220.

Builder Day Rate

For any new building construction, you will need to hire a builder to oversee and work on the site. The average daily rate of a builder is £190 per day, although this can range from £130 to £260, depending on the size of the company and the actual job.

Window Cleaner Day Rate

A window cleaner’s job is to clean all windows around a property, they usually charge about £40 per day to clean the inside and outside of windows including the frames. Some windows cleaner may only charge £30; however, others may charge up to £80 more for difficult jobs such as cleaning conservatory or skylight windows. £30 to £80

Gardener Day Rate

A gardener’s job is to maintain your garden, which includes jobs such as mowing the lawn, planting flowers, weeding and more. The average cost to hire a gardener for the full day is £190. The price will, of course, depend on the size of your garden and its condition, as smaller jobs may only cost £120 per day, while a large unkempt garden may be priced at £260 a day.

Landscaper Day Rate

Landscapers are similar to gardeners, however, their main job is to redesign your garden, and they are usually involved in garden construction, such as installing garden paving or ponds. The average daily rate for a landscaper is £140, although this can range from £100 per day for small gardens and up to £180 per day for larger landscapes.

Roofer Day Rate

Professional roofers tend to charge around £200 per day to construct or repair a new roof. Day rates may differ depending on the extent of the job, for example, a flat roof may only cost you £150 a day in labour, while a large pitched roof can cost up to £250.

Window Fitter Day Rate

The labour cost for window fitting is around £150 per day, which involves fitting completely new windows or repairs. The cost will depend on the type of windows being installed, for example, single-hung windows may only cost around £100 a day in labour, while bay windows could increase the price up to £200 per day.

How Much Do Tradesmen Charge Per Hour

Some tradesmen tend to charge an hourly rate UK standard, which is the preferred option for smaller tasks which may only take an hour or two. To help you understand the hourly rates of each tradesman, take a look at the following guide.

Tradesmen Hourly Rate Price List

The below table sets out the hourly rate for each individual tradesperson.

Tradesperson Average hourly rate
Plumber £30 - £60
Carpenter £20 - £40
Painter and Decorator £15 - £40
Electrician £30 - £60
Plasterer £10 - £20
Kitchen Fitter £10 - £20
Bricklayer £12 - £20
Labourer £7 - £15
Scaffolder £15 - £25
Tiler £10 - £15
Builder £10 - £15
Window Cleaner £8 - £15
Gardener £15 - £50
Landscaper £8 - £15
Roofer £15 - £25
Window Fitter £10 - £20

Plumber Hourly Rate

Plumbers tend to charge around £40 per hour for smaller jobs such as installing a new toilet or repairing pipes. The standard gas safe engineer hourly rate may cost up to £60 an hour for those working with an established company, while self-employed plumbers may only charge £30 per hour.

Carpenter Hourly Rate

For furniture and door frame repairs, you can hire a carpenter who will charge an hourly rate of £35. The price may lower to £20 an hour for simpler tasks such as fixing kitchen cabinets, while more complex stair repairs could cost up to £40 per hour.

Painter and Decorator Hourly Rate

Painters and decorators tend to charge £25 per hour to re-decorate one or two rooms in your home. For paint touch-ups on one or more walls, you may only have to pay £15 an hour, while a large room could cost up to £40 per hour.

Electrician Hourly Rate

Electricians usually charge an average hourly rate of £45 to install new lighting and appliances. Some professional electricians will set a price of £60 an hour to replace a circuit breaker or fuse box, while a single light replacement may only cost £30 per hour.

Plasterer Hourly Rate

The average hourly wage in the UK for plasterers is usually around £15 per hour to re-plaster a whole room. If you only need one or two walls plastering, they may only charge £10 an hour, while a large room that needs plastering can cost up to £20 per hour.

Kitchen Fitter Hourly Rate

Some kitchen fitters may charge an hourly rate of around £13 for average-sized kitchens which need new worktops and cabinets installed. They tend to lower their hourly rate to £10 per hour for kitchen cabinet repairs, while a full kitchen suite replacement can cost up to £20 per hour.

Bricklayer Hourly Rate

For small scale constructions, such as building a wall or a shed, which may only take a day to complete, bricklayers will charge around £13 per hour. The price, will, of course, vary depending on the company you choose, as sole traders may only charge £12 per hour, while more established business may set prices at £20 per hour.

Labourer Hourly Rate

The majority of labourers will charge an hourly rate of £8, which may involve preparing the site by digging or assisting bricklayers. If you hire a labourer through a company, you could be charged anywhere from £7 to £15 an hour depending on the skill of the labourer and the job itself.

Scaffolder Hourly Rate

Scaffolding is usually assembled in a matter of hours by a professional scaffolder, who usually charge an hourly rate of £19. For smaller projects, you can expect to pay around £15 per hour, while more complex constructions which require more scaffolding can cost up to £25 per hour.

Tiler Hourly Rate

Some tilers prefer to be paid by the hour, with the average hourly rate being £13. The labour cost, will, of course, vary depending on the type of tiles you have, as larger tiles are much easier to install, so tilers may only charge £10 an hour. More intricate smaller tiles are quite difficult to install, you may expect to pay an hourly rate of £15.

Builder Hourly Rate

For small building projects, including wall and foundations repairs, you will need the help of a builder who typically charges around £11 per hour. This price may vary depending on the extent of the job, as simple tasks such as repointing may only cost £10 per hour, while laying new foundations could cost up to £15 an hour.

Window Cleaner Hourly Rate

Window cleaners prefer to charge an average hourly rate of £9 per hour to clean all windows that are accessible to them. The price will depend on your location, as window cleaners in northern areas of the UK may only charge £8 for the hour, while tradesmen in London set a standard rate of £15 an hour.

Gardener Hourly Rate

Gardeners tend to do regular maintenance at least once a week during the summer months which involves watering plants, weeding and lawn mowing. For these services, they charge an average of £30 per hour. The hourly rate may lower to £15 per hour for smaller gardens, while large unruly gardens may cost £50 an hour.

Landscaper Hourly Rate

Many landscapers prefer to be paid by the hour for jobs such as laying down gravel borders for flowers or installing a water feature. They usually charge around £10 per hour, although this can range from £8 per hour for small gardens and up to £15 an hour for bigger gardens.

Roofer Hourly Rate

For roof repairs, you should expect to pay around £20 per hour for professional roofers to restore any damaged roof tiles. The hourly rate will depend on the type of roof, as roofers may only charge £15 an hour for a flat roof as it easy to access, while a roof with a high pitch is more dangerous, so repairs could cost up to £25 per hour.

Window Fitter Hourly Rate

It usually takes around an hour to fit an average-sized window, which would cost around £10. This hourly rate can differ depending on the type of windows you have, for example, a sash window may only cost £8 per hour to fit, while a large skylight window could cost up to £20 an hour, as it is much harder to install.

Average Wages for Tradespeople

The majority of tradespeople are paid a wage rather than a salary, as a salary usually involves a fixed payment which is not applicable to tradesmen who are typically paid per job or by the hour.

To help you understand the yearly wage for different trades, take a look at the following price guide:

Tradespeople Wages

The below table sets out the average wage for each following tradesperson:

Tradesperson Average wage
Plumber £28,000 - £36,000
Carpenter £32,000 - £37,000
Painter and Decorator £23,000 to £32,000
Electrician £32,000 - £40,000
Plasterer £28,000 - £40,000
Kitchen Fitter £32,000 - £42,000
Bricklayer £29,000 - £42,000
Labourer £18,000 - £22,000
Scaffolder £28,000 - £50,000
Tiler £31,000 - £39,000
Builder £35,000 - £37,000
Window Cleaner £24,000 - £30,000
Gardener £18,000 - £27,000
Landscaper £19,000 - £27,000
Roofer £28,000 - £31,000
Window Fitter £32,000 - £65,000

Plumber Wage

The average yearly wage a plumber earns is around £32,000, however, recently qualified plumbers may only get £28,000, while those who have more than five years’ experience in the industry can generate a wage of £36,000.

Carpenter Wage

Professional carpenters should expect an average of £34,000 per year. A carpentry salary will, of course, vary depending on how many jobs they have worked on along with their skill level, as newly qualified carpenters may only earn £32,000, while expert carpenters can get up to £37,000.

Painter and Decorator Wage

Painters and decorators earn a yearly average of around £27,000. Those with plenty of experience with both painting and wallpapering have the potential to make up to £32,000 per year, while novice decorators may only earn an annual revenue of £23,000.

Electrician Wage

The average yearly wage for a qualified electrician is £35,000, which is what you could get if you have regular work on a weekly basis. Electricians with less work may only earn £32,000, while electricians working with steady work who work for a well-established company could earn an electrician salary of up £40,000.

Plasterer Wage

The average plasterer salary is around £31,000 per year, although this can vary depending on how much work they get and how experienced they are. A plasterer with regular work who has at least five years’ experience can earn up to £40,000, while someone with less work and experience can expect an annual wage of £28,000.

Kitchen Fitter Wage

A kitchen fitter’s average wage is typically around £33,000 when working with a local company. Kitchen fitters who work for themselves may only £32,000, while tradesman working for well-known companies can earn up to £42,000.

Bricklayer Wage

Bricklayers are usually paid by the hour and can, therefore, accumulate around £37,000 per year. This will, of course, vary on where they are working, as bricklayers in London can earn up to £42,000, while a bricklayer salary for those working in the surrounding areas may only be £29,000.

Labourer Wage

Labourers are hired to assist tradesmen on construction sites, and therefore usually receive a lower annual wage of £20,000. Labourers who are new to the job may only earn around £18,000, while those with more than years’ experience on the job could make £22,000 per year.

Scaffolder Wage

Scaffolding is classified as a dangerous job, so they tend to be paid an average of £42,000 a year. Recently qualified scaffolders may only earn £28,000, however, after several years on the job, they could even earn up to £50,000.

Tiler Wage

Kitchen and bathroom tilers usually make around £32,000 per year. Tilers with more extensive experience who can fit intricate tiles can earn up to £39,000, while novice tilers tend to receive an annual sum of £31,000.

Builder Wage

The average annual wage a builder can earn is £36,000. This will vary depending on the location of the job, as builders working in London earn an average of £37,000, while builders in the rest of the UK may earn slightly less at around £35,000.

Window Cleaner Wage

Window cleaners tend to make around 26,000. The amount they earn will usually depend on how many houses they work on and where they operate, as those in countryside settings will have fewer customers and may earn around £24,000 a year, while window cleaners in urban areas will have more customers and could get £30,000 per year.

Gardener Wage

The average annual wage for a typical garden is £21,000. A gardener’s income will depend on how many customers they have and where they offer their services, as those working in a city may only earn £18,000 as there are not as many homes with gardens, while gardeners operating in suburban areas could have the potential to get up to £27,000 per year.

Landscaper Wage

A landscaper’s wage is similar to a gardener wage, as it all depends on location. However, the average yearly wage for a landscaper is slightly higher at £22,000, while landscapers in urban areas may earn a touch less at £19,000 or up to £27,000 for large landscaping jobs.

Roofer Wage

The majority of roofers earn around £30,000 per year. A roofer’s revenue will depend on the type of roofing they specialise in, for example, if they tend to work on more flat roofs then they may earn £28,000, as these are much easier to install, while large-scale pitched roof projects can help them earn up to £31,000.

Window Fitter Wage

Window fitters can earn a significant wage, as many are paid by the hour or per window. The average yearly wage for a window fitter is £39,000, however self-employed window fitters may only earn £32,000, while those who work for a well-established company can actually earn up to £65,000.

FAQs

Q: How do tradespeople work out their daily rate?

A: The majority for tradesman will charge a day rate for about 6 or more hours of work within one day. They may also factor in the cost materials, along with the difficulty of the job and whether there is any risk.

Q: Should a tradesman’s work be guaranteed?

A: The majority of tradespeople will offer a guarantee for their work, which should be stated in a written contract. The time period of the guarantee will depend on the type of work completed, for example, a builder’s guarantee should last up to 10 years, while a kitchen fitter may offer a 5-year guarantee.

Q:How do I choose the right tradesman?

A: Before hiring a tradesperson, you need to ensure that they have the right qualifications, which may include an official diploma or on-the-job training. You should also check that they have at least three years’ experience or more if the job is more complex. You can also ask for evidence of previous experience in the form of reviews or images.

Q: What type of insurance should a tradesperson have?

A: All qualified tradesmen should have public liability insurance to protect homeowners and employer’s liability insurance if they have employees should an accident or damage while on the job. This will cover a number of costs including legal, injury, loss of earnings and more.

Q: Do I need to hire a qualified tradesman?

A: While some jobs can be completed on a DIY basis, you should only take on the job if you have experience. However, jobs such as roofing and scaffolding tasks should be left to the professionals, as they are usually dangerous and complex. Some jobs such as electrics and plumbing must also be completed by a qualified tradesman as part of building regulations and planning permission.

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