As a guideline, according to the National Careers Service starting salaries for newly qualified plumbers are typically between £16,500 and £21,000 a year. Hourly rates vary quite a bit regionally but are usually in the region of £10 – £13. Experienced plumbers can earn in the region of £21,000 to £35,000 a year, with the highest average salaries being in London and the South East.
Self-employed plumbers set their own rates where for emergency call outs, they can attain £40 – £50 per hour. With experience a plumber may seek to specialise in areas such as energy efficiency, or renewables e.g. solar thermal, underfloor heating and grey water recycling etc., which opens up more earnings opportunities.
Self-employed plumbers set their own rates and dependent upon the hours they are prepared to work they can earn anything up to £60,000 per annum.
Working as a plumber involves much more than simply fixing leaky pipes. Once you have trained with us and qualified as a plumber you could earn a good income by:
- Installing or maintaining heating systems
- Repairing sanitation systems
- Fitting domestic appliances (such as dishwashers)
- Installing air-conditioning units
- Fitting bathrooms
- Emergency repairs
And qualified plumbers can take advantage of
- Domestic work
- Maintenance contracts
- New construction and building site jobs
- Emergency callouts (which earn premium rates)
- Full-time employment
- Providing a service to allied trades such as electricians, gas engineers, carpenters etc.
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