Plumbing day rates Rates

Discussion in 'Plumbers' Talk' started by David Thorne, Oct 9, 2018.


Plumbing Rates

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  1. furious_customer

    furious_customer Active Member

    Not really getting at anything, I am just surprised that the feeling seems to be that a plumbers annual salary should be 60k.
    It just sounds high to me, that's all and i am pretty sure I have met many who don't' bring in that kind of money.
    Maybe it's very different south of the border.
  2. Jord86

    Jord86 Well-Known Member

    Certainly less for plumbers directly employed on PAYE, but for self employed sole traders with a good customer base and site based subcontractors I would say it's around the region. At the moment there's a lot of work about for all the trades, a real shortage of skilled experienced blokes, supply and demand is high, you only have to look at bricklaying rates to see the industry struggling for men.
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  3. Heat

    Heat Well-Known Member

    To earn 30k a year for a self employed plumber would also require the business costs (van, tools etc) and money to cover losses to be added.
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  4. Dave does Gas

    Dave does Gas Well-Known Member

    Im not a plumber, I rarely touch the plumbing side of our industry and concentrate on the gas side, boilers cookers and fires, plus heating systems, solar hot water etc. I won't take on a job for less that £250.00 per day or £65.00 per hour for small jobs. Give that we all have overheads, Gas Safe registration, ACS requalification every five years with elements, Van, fuel, stationary, clothing, tool upkeep accountant the list goes on. Being self employed means I pick and choose my jobs to a degree. Certainly choose my hours and how many days per week I work. Given that I see nowhere near 60K per annum.
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  5. furious_customer

    furious_customer Active Member

    Yeah, my assumption was that we were talking about how much a plumber (the person) should earn rather then how much a plumbing business needs to gross.
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  6. Heat

    Heat Well-Known Member

    You answered exactly the question I was asking.
    30k sounds to be a fair and achievable earnings. I just added the thought that to achieve that would need a lot extra to cover costs.
    I find that people generally do not want to pay a plumber much if for a weeks wage. For small jobs they will be more prepared to pay good hourly rate.
  7. 14th edition

    14th edition Well-Known Member

    I am a spark mainly but certainly the plumbers I know and those who concentrate more on the gas side charge absolute min of £25/hr up to £35/hr. Sparks about the same.
  8. Dave does Gas

    Dave does Gas Well-Known Member

    Its because were skilled, we have leared our trade and rightly deserve a decent wage to reflect the amount of study and practical skills we have had to learn.
    You try and get a lawer or a dentist to work for some of the pay some of these tight arsed customers want to pay us.
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  9. HarDeBloodyHarHar

    HarDeBloodyHarHar Active Member

    Don't you have to have some sort of qualification in English to be able to become a gas engineer?
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  10. kiaora

    kiaora Well-Known Member

    I was going to say, a spell check, fault, is no issue if you’re Boiler is not working?
    And supply and demand is the order of the day....
    It takes 7 years to become a dentist or lawyer, same time as an experienced plumber and heating engineer,

    Customer is not just paying for time on site, it’s the years of training costs and fee’s the establishment theives, gas safe etc charges?

    But I won’t
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  11. The Teach

    The Teach Well-Known Member

    David Thorne,how are the votes working out for your post ?
  12. dubsie

    dubsie Member

    Hourly is expensive, I charge £70.00 per hour if they want to work that way otherwise I price the job up based on the job and give an estimate....I rarely charge more than I estimate.

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