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How much does a tradie make?

how much does a tradie make

How much does a tradie make?

Tradie jobs have never looked more appealing to some people. But with its demand skyrocketing in 2018, many start to wonder how much does a tradie make? The average wage (national) that a tradie makes ranges from $81,000 to $85,000. This is the average taxable earnings for all business types and occupations in Australia.

The tradies’ exact amount of earning will vary depending on the type of job they do, level of experience and location they live in.

Type of Tradie Jobs

There are thousands of tradie jobs in Australia. But this 2018, the most popular job and the job that receives the highest earnings are the Boiler Makers with a whopping earning of $132,000+ according to Payscale.com. This may still increase as 2018 comes to an end. The full top five are:

  1. Boiler Makers   $132,000+
  2. Electricians       $100,019+
  3. Plumbers           $90,219+
  4. Plasterers          $90,339+
  5. Bricklayers        $85,404+

Experience level

In a company, one effective way to make the employee feel appreciated is by giving them a competitive salary. This is also applicable for tradies. The common method when determining their salary rate is by looking at their experience level.

For tradies starting their own business, they can determine their salary rate by checking the salary guide provided by their local master tradies association. While for tradies who are employed, employers are the ones responsible for determining their salary rate.

The experience levels are determined by 3 categories: entry-level, mid-career and experienced. The entry-level professionals have 0 to 5 years of experience, mid-career professionals have 5 to 10 years of experience, and experienced professionals have 10 to 20+ years of experience.

Here are the top 5 tradie jobs with its salary percentage per experience level. The percentage is based on the average income of each tradie job.

Boilermakers – The average salary received by a boilermaker is $62,000.

    • Experienced Professionals  +8%
    • Mid-Career Professionals    -1%
  • Entry-Level Professionals   -13%

Electricians – The average salary received by an electrician is $68,000.

    • Experienced Professionals  +9%
    • Mid-Career Professionals   +2%
  • Entry-Level Professionals   -14%

Plumbers – The average salary received by a plumber is $ $61,000.

    • Experienced Professionals  +13%
    • Mid-Career Professionals   -2%
  • Entry-Level Professionals   -19%

Plasterers – The average salary received by a plasterer is $59,000.

    • Experienced Professionals  +10%
    • Mid-Career Professionals   -1%
  • Entry-Level Professionals   -17%

Bricklayers – The average salary received by a bricklayer is $61,000.

    • Experienced Professionals  +9%
    • Mid-Career Professionals    -3%
  • Entry-Level Professionals   -16%

Another basis is the training the tradie passed, acquired licences, skill levels and work performance (only for tradies who are employed by a business).

How much does a tradie make per State and Territory?

Every State and territory has different needs for tradie jobs. This is the reason it becomes one of the most important factors to consider when determining the exact income of a tradie.

To ensure the tradie will have a fruitful income in their location, they must check the average income range of a tradie per State and Territory (estimation):

    • Capital Territory                         $74,000 to $94,500
    • New South Wales                        $78,700 to $83,600
    • Queensland                                  $80,300 to $84,400
    • South Australia                           $75,000 to $75,400
    • Tasmania                                      $71,700 to $83,100
    • Victoria                                         $79,886 to $80,650
  • Western Australia                       $89,000 to $90,500

To ensure stability and consistent high earnings, it’s ideal to look and understand the above-mentioned figures and compare it to the cost of living per location in Australia.

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