For those looking to take up a trade in Australia, you might want to consider becoming to become an electrician in Perth or a plumber, anywhere in the country.
According to figures from the serviceseeking.com.au, a job quote website, the richest tradies, or tradesmen, in the country are not the most likely candidates such as lawyers, but plumbers, with electricians coming in a close second. Based on their data, plumbers earn $78.40/hour, whilst electricians earn $74.61/hour.
For comparison, data released by PayScale, Inc. a salary information company, revealed that the average Australian lawyer only earns $37/hour, which comes across as somewhat unrealistic, but some lawyers do, in fact work for low rates, or for pro bono.
According to the Jeremy Levitt, Chief Executive for serviceseeking.com.au, even though the income of tradies are cut down by expenses that reduce their profit from their hourly rate, they are still capable of making large profit and creating their fortune. He states that the more complex trades like plumber or electrician, the ones with complex work, requiring specific education and licensing, are more profitable in the long run.
Data shows that the average tradie, earns $60.88/hour, showing a marked increase of 3% compared to the preceding year, by around .3%. The data also shows that, with all the averages from each of the states measured, concreters operating in New South Wales earn the most out of tradies, with a charge of $88.71 an hour. Following them are Western Australian plumbers and electricians, earning $87.67/hour and 87.33$/hour, respectively.
Mr. Levitt has pointed out that, whilst the mining rush in WA has ended, tradesmen are still in demand there. He states that house builders in Sydney are very much in demand and profitable right now.
All of this demonstrates well that tradies are sought after in Australia right now, though admittedly, that electrician in Perth will probably be making more money than most.
Here is the list of best paying trades in Australia, according to serviceseeking.com.au’s data.
- Electrician: $74.61
- Plumbing: $78.40
- Landscaping: $67.01
- Concreting: $66.37
- Building & Renovations: $66.17
- Carpentry: $58.55
- Plastering: $48.15
- Flooring: $43.54
- Tiling & Paving: $43.14
- Painting: $42.18