How Much Do Tradesmen Charge?
Firstly, do they charge hourly or daily?
Tradesmen tend to charge a daily rate for jobs that will take longer than a few hours to complete.
Every tradesperson offers their own set prices, depending on the types of services offered.
To help you calculate the cost of hiring a tradesperson, take a look at the following cost guide, which includes the plasterer day rate, builder hourly rate and more!
The below table sets out the hourly rate for each individual tradesperson.
|Average hourly rate
|£27 - £80
|£16 - £40
|Painter and Decorator
|£16 - £40
|£28 - £50
|£15 - £50
|£18 - £37
|£12 - £20
|£10 - £40
|£18 - £35
|£16 - £75
|£16 - £42
|£8 - £24
|£12 - £59
|£12 - £111
|£21 - £39
|£17 - £38
- How Much Do Tradesmen Charge?
- What Are the Average Hourly Rates?
- Plumber Hourly Rate
- Carpenter Hourly Rate
- Painter and Decorator Hourly Rate
- Electrician Hourly Rate
- Plasterer Hourly Rate
- Kitchen Fitter Hourly Rate
- Bricklayer Hourly Rate
- Labourer Hourly Rate
- Scaffolder Hourly Rate
- Tiler Hourly Rate
- Builder Hourly Rate
- Window Cleaner Hourly Rate
- Gardener Hourly Rate
- Landscaper Hourly Rate
- Roofer Hourly Rate
- Window Fitter Hourly Rate
- Average Wages for Tradespeople
What Are the Average Hourly Rates?
To help you understand the tradesmen hourly rates, take a look at the guide below.
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.
Let's take a dive into the prices then...
Plumber Hourly Rate
Plumbers tend to charge around £41 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 £24 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 £37 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 £15 an hour, while a large room that needs plastering can cost up to £25 per hour.
Kitchen Fitter Hourly Rate
Some kitchen fitters may charge an hourly rate of around £18 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 £29 per hour. The price, will, of course, vary depending on the company you choose, as sole traders may only charge £16 per hour, while more established business may set prices at £29 per hour.
Labourer Hourly Rate
The majority of labourers will charge an hourly rate of £25, 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 £10 to £40 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 £22. For smaller projects, you can expect to pay around £18 per hour, while more complex constructions which require more scaffolding can cost up to £35 per hour.
Tiler Hourly Rate
Some tilers prefer to be paid by the hour, with the average hourly rate being £26. 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 £16 an hour. More intricate smaller tiles are quite difficult to install, you may expect to pay up to 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 £29 per hour. This price may vary depending on the extent of the job, as simple tasks such as repointing may only cost £16 per hour, while laying new foundations could cost up to £42 an hour.
Window Cleaner Hourly Rate
Window cleaners prefer to charge an average hourly rate of £11 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 £24 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 £27 per hour. The hourly rate may lower to £12 per hour for smaller gardens, while large unruly gardens may cost £59 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 £28 per hour, although this can range from £12 per hour for small gardens and up to £111 an hour for bigger gardens.
Roofer Hourly Rate
For roof repairs, you should expect to pay around £29 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 £21 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 £39 per hour.
Window Fitter Hourly Rate
It usually takes around an hour to fit an average-sized window, which would cost around £27. This hourly rate can differ depending on the type of windows you have, for example, a sash window may only cost £17 per hour to fit, while a large skylight window could cost up to £38 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:
The below table sets out the average wage for each following tradesperson:
|£27,000 - £80,000
|£29,000 - £39,000
|Painter and Decorator
|£28,000 to £32,000
|£31,000 - £38,000
|£28,000 - £33,000
|£31,000 - £42,000
|£32,000 - £42,000
|£21,000 - £28,000
|£31,000 - £42,000
|£31,000 - £39,000
|£29,000 - £56,000
|£16,000 - £48,000
|£16,000 - £24,000
|£19,000 - £27,000
|£25,000 - £36,000
|£31,000 - £65,000
The average yearly wage a plumber earns is around £41,000, however, recently qualified plumbers may only get £27,000, while those who have more than five years’ experience in the industry can generate a wage of £41,000.
Professional carpenters should expect an average of £27,000 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 £29,000, while expert carpenters can get up to £39,000.
Painter and Decorator Wage
Painters and decorators earn a yearly average of around £24,000. 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 £28,000.
The average yearly wage for a qualified electrician is £33,000, which is what you could get if you have regular work on a weekly basis. Electricians with less work may only earn £31,000, while electricians working with steady work who work for a well-established company could earn an electrician salary of up £38,000.
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 £33,000, 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 £31,000 when working with a local company. Kitchen fitters who work for themselves may only £31,000, while tradesmen working for well-known companies can earn up to £42,000.
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 £32,000.
Labourers are hired to assist tradesmen on construction sites, and therefore usually receive a lower annual wage of £24,000. Labourers who are new to the job may only earn around £21,000, while those with more than years’ experience on the job could make £28,000 per year.
Scaffolding is classified as a dangerous job, so they tend to be paid an average of £32,000 a year. Recently qualified scaffolders may only earn £31,000, however, after several years on the job, they could even earn up to £42,000.
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.
The average annual wage a builder can earn is £43,000. This will vary depending on the location of the job, as builders working in London earn an average of £46,000, while builders in the rest of the UK may earn slightly less at around £43,000.
Window Cleaner Wage
Window cleaners tend to make around £24,000. 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 £48,000 per year.
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 £16,000 as there are not as many homes with gardens, while gardeners operating in suburban areas could have the potential to get up to £24,000 per year.
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 £23,000, while landscapers in urban areas may earn a touch less at £19,000 or up to £27,000 for large landscaping jobs.
The majority of roofers earn around £32,000 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 £25,000, as these are much easier to install, while large-scale pitched roof projects can help them earn up to £36,000.
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 £40,000, however self-employed window fitters may only earn £31,000, while those who work for a well-established company can actually earn up to £65,000.
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.