A standard plumbing service costs around $80/hr in 2016. The complexity of the tasks will affect the total cost, but plumbing prices range from $69/hr to $88/hr on average. Simple jobs like fixing a leaky tap costs much less than something complicated like fixing a blocked drainage or sewer. Because of the variability of demand for plumbing jobs, the average plumber’s salary in Australia can range widely.
According to Mitchell of All Plumbing Works, initial plumbing for houses cost around $12,000 – $18,000 while initial plumbing for smaller properties like granny flats cost about $6,000 – $10,000.
Costs of Common Plumbing Jobs
|Plumbing Task||Typical Quoted Prices|
|Install a bathroom vanity||$160|
|Replace Broken Tap||$120|
|Fix Leaking Pipe||$180|
|Replace Broken Toilet||$150|
|Unclog a Drain||$150|
|Unclog a Toilet||$120|
Factors Affecting Cost
Scope of the job
As with most trades, plumbing prices depend on the task at hand. Fixing a leaky tap or doing simple toilet repairs will definitely cost you less than repairing major plumbing problems that require digging and cutting into walls.
The cost and quality of the fixtures that will be used also affect the overall amount that you need to pay.
Emergency plumbing services
When the job is going to take place is also an important factor. Plumbing businesses add a premium for emergency plumbing services done in the middle of the night or during holidays. To help cover their overhead costs, some plumbers may even charge a minimum callout fee for showing up at your door.
Different states, differing charges
Residents of Tasmania are enjoying the lowest plumbing rate at an average of $61.42/hr. Queensland has the second lowest average plumbing cost at about $73.03/hr, followed closely by Victoria at $74.09/hr. Meanwhile, the average hourly rate for a plumber in New South Wales is $76.79/hr.
The highest plumbing rate is experienced by the residents of the Australian Capital Territory, which averages at $94.75/hr, followed by Western Australia at $89.36/hr and South Australia at $84.53/hr.
While plumbing rates can be pretty steep, it’s still always advisable to hire a licensed plumber to do the job than to settle for a cheaper but inexperienced one. Hiring a licensed expert can help you avoid more problems in the future. You can easily find qualified and licensed plumbers at ServiceSeeking.com.au.
Pricing information correct as at August 2016.
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