Costs of Tilers and Tiling Services

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The average cost for new tiling is $50/m2 based on quotes and jobs completed on However, there is a wide range of costs depending on the tiling material used, which state the job is completed in and how much demand there is for renovation work at any particular time. Use the tiling cost estimator calculator on this page to work out the approximate cost of your next tiling project.

Basic ceramic tiles can start from as little as $30 per square metre and range over $110 for high quality natural stone tiles or custom designed tiles.

Seeking costs for bathroom tiling? You may also require waterproofing work as well. Related: cost of waterproofing.

Tiling Labour Costs

A qualified and experienced tiler will charge on average $60 per hour to lay new tiles, or around $35 per square metre depending on the complexity of the job. Large tiles often have a higher labour rate cost, because even though a smaller number of overall tiles need to be laid, there is less tolerance for error during the laying process – therefore requiring greater skill and care – compared to laying a larger number of small tiles.
cost of tiling 

 To ensure that you’re getting an accurate price, it’s important to clarify what’s included in your quotes. One of the most common areas for new tiling is the bathroom. Find out about bathroom tiling costs here.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2018 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Tilers on the site from July 2016 to July 2017.

Hear from the experts – experienced tilers provide their own cost estimates

Ben of Shami Renovations
Bathroom tiling
Price is for an average-sized bathroom. Price can still go up if the layout and structure of the bathroom will be changed as well.
Total Cost: $1,500 – $2,500

Tommy of Mitie Tiling
Bathroom tiling
Price can still increase if the bathroom is very large and if the customer wants chrome trims, mitred edges, and other extras.
Total Cost: $3,500 – $4,500

Kitchen tiling
Price is for labour only, and it does not include materials.
Total Cost: $550

Mohamed of Pro Tiling
Outdoor tiling
Price is an approximate for a 10m2 outdoor area and usually depends on the materials to be used. It may include leveling.
Total Cost: $450 – $550

cost of bathroom tiling

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Tiling prices from real customers

Phung from SA: Tile Splashback Installation
Job details: Installing 100mm x 200mm tiles on a 3sqm kitchen wall; labour only
Other details: Two light switches and two power points are located in the area; tiles must be cut
Edward from NSW: Laundry Area Tiling
Job details: Tiling of laundry area that’s approximately 25sqm
TOTAL COST: $1,960
Mark from NSW: Indoor Floor Tiling
Job details: Tiling of an indoor area that’s around 50sqm; labour only
TOTAL COST: $2,900

How your tile choice affects service rates


Budget tiling projects often use common white ceramic tiles, which are usually the cheapest to source, followed by high quality procelein tiles. High quality natural stone tiles are often the most expensive, and can range in cost from $100 – $150 per quare metre. Not all residential tilers will have experience laying more custom types of stone, which is why labour rates can also increase vs using more common tiling materials.

If you’re on a budget, consider the use of small finishes and strips of high quality stone to provide featured accents to your tiling renovation, instead of the same tiles for an entire surface area.

Why these factors matter in totaling costs

In general, laying straight tiles costs less than working with patterned or asymmetrical varieties. Expect prices to further increase should you opt for feature or contrasting tiles. To sum up, tilers consider these three important factors in drawing a quote:

  • Type of tiles to be used
  • Details of the area to be covered
  • Level of difficulty in laying tiles
  • Site preparation and extras
  • Size of tiles (large tiles are generally more expensive to lay vs smaller ones)
Photo from: Tile Doctor WA

Photo from: Tile Doctor WA

Cost of tiling services

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Tiling labour rates by location

South Australian tilers charge the most affordable price at around $37.79/m2. Tiling services in Queensland, on the other hand, are considerably pricier at $45.08/m2. However, this is still slightly lower compared to the $45.40/m2 rate in Western Australia.

At $47.15/m2, the average rate for tiling work in Victoria tops those of tilers in Queensland and Western Australia. New South Wales has the highest average cost overall at $60.01/m2.

Apart from considering the price of tiling services, you should also ensure that you’re hiring a qualified tradie for the job. has a list of the best tilers in Australia, so you might want to check it out to find the right business.

Pricing information correct as at March 2018.

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