The average cost to lay bricks on a 4.7m high and 8.6m long wall can range from $648 to $959 (for common bricks) and $778 to $1,307 (for face bricks) per 1000 plus the total hours spent on installation works.
Installation costs could increase based on the nature of work, your wall area and the style of bricks to use.
If you’re using brick veneer materials, expect to pay higher amounts as these can be an expensive option. Whether you are building a typical residential home or commercial building, bricks are made to stand the test of time.
How much do bricks cost?
Prices may fluctuate depending on the size, type and style of the bricks and associated building materials.
Common and face bricks are two varieties that are usually used in bricklaying construction.
Pricing is generally expressed as brick prices per 1,000.
|Standard clay common bricks||per 1000||$650||$814||$560||$730||$779|
|Facing bricks clay (standard)||per 1000||$900||$953||$690||$1,025||$1,162|
|Cement mortar per 1000 standard bricks||per 1000||$145||$87.50||$92.50||$90||$92.50|
*Pricing details are based on Australian Construction Handbook 2018 Edition.
Note: The above rates are the cost of supplied bricks with delivery charges in the metropolitan area.
A brick calculator can be used to determine the number of bricks that you will need for the construction. It is more advisable to have a bricklayer assist you in identifying the exact measurement and provide a fixed quotation based on your site and project-specific requirements.
Labour Costs of Bricklaying Jobs
Typically, bricklayers across Australia charge an estimated hourly cost of $65 to $105. The table below shows the average bricklayer wage as a reference (hourly rates include overheads and profit).
|City||Average Contract Charge-Out Rate|
|Sydney||$76 – $105|
|Perth||$82 – $87|
|Melbourne||$80 – $87|
|Brisbane||$85 – $89|
|Adelaide||$65 – $75|
If a bricklayer could lay an average of 300-400 bricks each day, multiply the number of hours spent on laying the bricks by the average hourly rate to determine the estimated cost of labour.
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Clarifying how much you will be charged helps you in budgeting for your bricklaying project.
You can source information from local contractors to compare labour prices and choose the one that offers the best value and quality workmanship.
Factors that Affect the Cost to Lay Bricks
Bricklaying jobs are both labour-intensive and time-consuming. The costs involved are dependent on many factors. Here are a few to consider before you hire someone to lay bricks.
1. Job difficulty
Bricklayers generally work outdoors and are often exposed to working at heights. In most cases, potential risks are involved which may require the use of special equipment to perform the job and ensure their safety.
The more challenging, the longer a bricklaying job will take adding to costs.
2. Bricks laid near the roof
Laying bricks near the roof increases the possibility of incurring damage to windows, anchorages and back walls. These features will make the process more complicated for bricklayers to finish the job quickly.
3. Site location
The location of the site may attract travel or other costs. Traffic or high-risk areas can also influence the cost of your bricklaying project.
4. Additional services
Rendering a brick wall incurs additional materials, such as cement, and labour costs. Always seek pricing information from qualified tradies.
If you’re adding a second storey to your home, expect to pay higher rates for scaffold and the like. The quality of the bricks you will use affects the overall cost.
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