How much should you pay a professional carpenter?

carpentry work includes decking

Photo from: Dave’s Carpentry

The average cost of carpentry in Australia stands at $50/hr, but prices can still change depending on factors such as the size and complexity of the job as well as the cost of materials. In general, prices range from as low as $45/hr to as high as $60/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Carpenters on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

Carpentry prices from real customers

Tracey from QLD: Architraves and skirting
Needed to install 100 lineal metres of architraves and skirting
Odette from NSW: Door frame installation
Needed to install a timber frame with a track for a sliding fly screen door
Marina from NSW: Various handyman jobs
Needed a custom-built bureau; installation of kitchen storage solutions; bathroom tile regrouting; replacement of bathroom and kitchen sink; other minor jobs
TOTAL COST: $2,000

Cost of common carpentry jobs

Carpentry Task Typical Quoted Prices
Timber decking $5,000
Pergola construction $3,000
Custom built furniture $2,000
Timber door installation $1,400
Patio building $6,000

The important connection between project details and cost

The cost of carpentry services in Australia also depends on the specific project. For example, the average cost of built in wardrobe jobs is $1,193 for the finished product, while the cost of cabinet making jobs average approximately $1,657. Wooden frame construction jobs average around $2,252.

Pergolas and decks rank as the most expensive carpentry projects with ballpark figures of $2,706 and $3,383 respectively.

Why no two projects will cost exactly the same

A “one size fits all” approach does not apply when estimating how much you’ll spend on a project. There are several factors that you should consider including:

  • Labour costs
  • Cost of materials
  • Size of the job
  • The type and complexity of the project

Pricing will also depend on the size of the job and what you want your carpenter to build. As a rule of thumb, the simpler the job, the less it costs. Decks and pergolas are among the biggest and most complex types of work, so they’re usually the priciest.

The cost of materials that will be used may or may not be included in your carpenter’s quote, so it’s a good idea to clarify that with the tradie before signing a contract.

Cost of carpentry services

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Know the average rates = avoid hidden costs

Carpenters charge different hourly rates depending on which state they’re in. Tradies in the Australian Capital Territory charge the lowest rate averaging at $49.06/hr. Carpenters in South Australia and Victoria are a little more expensive with hourly prices of roughly $50.09/hr and $50.99/hr respectively.

In the mid-range are Queensland, Western Australia, and Tasmania. The cost of hourly carpentry services in these states vary only slightly. In Queensland, you can expect to pay up to $53.52/hr while in Western Australia, it’s about $54.13/hr. At around $55/hr, rates in Tasmania are just a little higher than their Queensland or Western Australian counterparts.

Carpentry work in New South Wales is the most expensive with an average cost of $61.17/hr.

Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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