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Cost of Hiring a Bricklayer

Last updated: 8th Jun 2019

Professional bricklayers charge an average rate of approximately $57/hr for basic brickwork. Like those of other construction jobs, bricklaying cost is subject to change depending on varying factors like the type of bricks used. The steepest rates for bricklaying can go as high as $60/hr, but they can also be as low as $50/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 Bricklayers on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

Costs of common bricklaying jobs

 Bricklaying Task  Typical Quoted Prices
 Bricklaying for a two-storey home  $20,000
 Install bricks for a home renovation  $23,000
 Bricklaying for the exterior of a townhouse  $17,800
 Bricklaying for a home extension  $12,000
 Install brick veneers for a duplex  $10,000
 Install brick pillars for a porch area  $7,000

More than just laying bricks: Safety risks that affect cost

To help you better estimate the probable cost of hiring a bricklayer, take note of the following factors as these are often considered in most bricklaying jobs:

  • There are instances wherein bricklayers have to work with difficult areas that require special types of tools. Of course, this will be factored in and may increase the total cost. To avoid additional expenses, make sure that your chosen bricklayer has given you a detailed quote.
  • If the structure is located in high-risk areas like those near a busy street, expect rates to go up. Bricklayers need to secure their safety while on the job, so they will be taking extra measures to ensure this.
  • Areas on or near the roof are also considered riskier compared to other parts of a building. Aside from this, factors such as mortars, anchorages, back walls, windows, and other obstacles will make the task more complex. In such cases, expect the total cost to increase as well.
Cost of bricklaying services

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Why bricklaying is not the same for all states

Customers in South Australia have a good reason to celebrate as bricklayers in the area charge the most affordable rate at around $45/hr. Those in New South Wales, on the other hand, can expect to pay approximately $60/hr for an average bricklaying job.

Meanwhile, bricklaying businesses in Queensland usually charge an average price of about $52.50/hr. This is only slightly higher than the average rate of bricklayers in Victoria, which is approximately $52/hr. In Western Australia, bricklaying services cost around $50/hr.

To get your money’s worth, make sure to hire only a qualified bricklayer. At, you can find the best bricklayers in your area without hassle.

Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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