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Brisbane’s Inner City Residents are paying up to 33% more for their Tradie than Outer Suburbs


Brisbane’s inner city residents are paying up to 33% more for their tradies than those living in the Outer Suburbs. This is according to a map designed by which compared 35, 000 quotes submitted by tradies on the site across the last financial year.

Those that live closer to the CBD in suburbs like New Farm, Dutton Park and St Lucia pay their tradesmen an hourly average of $69, yet prices start to drop further from the city. Residents of Outer Western suburbs like Anstead, Karana Downs and Northern suburbs Camp Mountain and Samford Valley pay $52 an hour. also recorded significant differences across several key industries including Carpenters, Electricians, Plumbers and Painters.





So what can you expect to pay for a tradie across Brisbane?

Cheapest Suburbs:

  • Painters are charging $38/hour in Petrie, Brendale, Bunya, Karalee, Bellbird Park, Pellara, Burbank and Kuraby.
  • Carpenters are charging $45/hour in Highvale, Wights Mountain, Anstead, Mount Crosby, Bellbird, Blackstone and South Ripley.
  • Plumbers are charging $72/hour in Strathpine, Bunya, McDowell, Upper Kedron, Moggill, Pallara and Darra.
  • Electricians are charging $64/hour in Warner, Strathpine, Mount Samson, Fitzgibbon, Stretton, Larapinta and Redbank Plains.

Most Expensive Suburbs:

  • Plumbers are charging $88/hour in New Farm, Fortitude Valley, Yeronga, Kenmore, Jindalee, Clayfield and Kangaroo Point.
  • Electricians are charging $81/hour in Coorparoo, Fairfield, Dutton Park, Fig Tree Pocket, Hemment, Seventeen Mile Rocks and Pinjarra Hills.
  • Carpenters are charging $79/hour in Ascot, Bowen Hills, Yeronga, Morningside, Manly West, Nudgee Beach and Banyo
  • Painters are charging $50/hour in Murarrie, Hamilton, West End, Morningside, Carina Heights, Gumdale and Nudgee Beach.

Jeremy Levitt, CEO of says of the data, “As most tradies live and commute from traditionally blue collar outer suburbs, it is no surprise that inner city postcodes are experience higher price as these travel costs are incorporated into the hourly charge-out rate.”

Reputation is Everything

There are several suburbs that are being charged vastly different rates to their neighbours. Levitt accounts this disparity to perception, “The reputation of affluence in suburbs like New Farm and Fortitude Valley often comes at a cost. Tradies assume that residents can cover higher prices and so increase their hourly charge-out rate.”

  • Residents in Chandler pay 78% more for a Painter ($68/hr) than Burbank ($38/hr)
  • Residents in Deagon pay 78% more for a Painter ($68/hr) than Sandgate ($38/hr)
  • Residents in Bundamba pay 76% more for a Carpenter ($79/hr) than North Tivoli ($45/hr)
  • Residents in Nudgee pay 27% more for an Electrician ($81/hr) than Boondall ($64/hr)
  • Residents in Murarrie pay 26% more for a Carpenter ($81/hr) than Hemmant ($64/hr)
  • Residents in Moorooka pay 22% more for a Plumber ($88/hr) than Yeerongpilly ($72/hr)

“While overall, the data suggests that tradies are charging more for jobs completed closer to the CBD, a housing construction and renovation boom in the Outer North and West has driven rates in suburbs including Dayboro, Kurwongbah, Pine Mountain, Sheldon and Yamanto. Renovators need to be sure to compare quotes and prices from numerous tradies to make sure they don’t end up overpaying,” says Levitt.

Hourly rates are “gross” rates and aside from including the cost of labour, also cover the cost of running the business including insurance, tools, work vehicles, insurance and superannuation.

The prices were derived by comparing a sample of 35,000 quotes submitted during 2017 and 2018 for Plumbers, Carpenters, Electricians and Painters through, the website for getting any job done.