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Cost of a Shop Fit-Out

Last updated: 8th Jun 2019

The average cost of shop fittings is approximately $65/hr, although rates can still change depending on factors such as the size of the project or the complexity of the work involved. In general, the rate for shop fitting services can be as low as $55/hr or as high as $80/hr.

On a per square meter rate, basic fit outs will range from $250 per square metre, to $2,000 for very high end fit outs with custom requirements and full refurbishments. Read our real custom shop fit-out stories below from jobs posted and done on for an idea of project prices.

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 Shop Fitters on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.
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Shop fitting prices from real customers

Shahnaz from Vic
The project was for refurbishing and shop fitting an eyebrow threading salon in Sanctuary Lakes. It involved tile flooring, applying wallpaper, construction of two private rooms, and the installation of wash basins, work stations, chandelier lighting, switchboards, and sockets.
Other details: The price was for labour only as the customer already had the needed materials.
TOTAL COST: $50,000
Gloria from Vic
She wanted a new fit out for her hair salon in Cranbourne East. The installation included shelves, display cabinets, counters, points of sale, and signage.
Other details: All labour and materials were included in the project cost.
TOTAL COST: $55,000
Ash from Vic
The project was for a new fit out for his shop in Truganina. The job included interior design as well as installation of shelves, cabinets, clothes rails, counters, and points of sale.
Other details: The price covered the cost of labour and all materials.
TOTAL COST: $190,000

Three factors that tell if the service you need fits your budget

In order to properly calculate the costs of fitting out your commercial space, you need to know about the factors that come into play when a business provides you with a quote. These mainly include:


You’ll naturally have to spend less if, for instance, your coffee shop covers only a small space. Fitting a full-scale retail outlet store, on the other hand, would definitely be more expensive.


Since many shop fitting businesses charge on an hourly basis, it will cost you more if your project takes a longer time to complete.

Complexity of the job

As a rule of thumb, the more complicated your project is, the more expensive it will be. Additional fixtures such as shelves, custom tables and chairs, cold rooms, climate control systems, decorative flooring, and other specially made fittings will cost you extra.

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Cost of shop fitting services

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Does your budget fit the average rate in your state?

In Victoria, businesses charge about $55/hr for shop fit outs. On the other hand, shop fitters in New South Wales have an average rate of around $65/hr. Meanwhile, shop fittings in Queensland will cost you about $75/hr.

Residents of South Australia pay approximately $70/hr for shop fitting services, while those in Western Australia pay only around $61.50/hr. The Australian Capital Territory shop fitters have the highest average rate at about $82.50/hr.

In order to ensure that you are getting value for your money, hire only a licensed business to do shop fitting for you. has a list of the best shop fitters in your area.

Pricing information correct as at October 2017.

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