Victoria Still Australia’s Cheapest State to Hire a Tradie

(July 19, 2017) Victoria is once again the cheapest state in Australia to hire a tradie, according to’s latest Tradie Price Index. Released today, the quarterly data reveals the average cost of a Victorian tradie sits at just $55.90 per hour, a massive 8.5 per cent below the national average.

In Australia, the home renovations market employs around 1 million people, and contributes a colossal $99 billion to the economy.  While renovation activity is up in Victoria, a competitive environment is keeping tradie prices down.

So, what can you expect to pay for a tradie in Victoria?

Plumbers take the prize as the most expensive tradie in Victoria, charging on average $76.20 per hour, up 4.9 per cent on last quarter.

Electricians take out second place across the state, with an average hourly rate of $72.30.

Carpenters ($59.30) are the ones to watch this year, recording a quarterly increase of 13.2 per cent.

While most trade categories increased their prices over the last quarter, builders, painters, tilers and plasterers were not so lucky. Tilers in particular experienced a loss of 10.6 per cent since last quarter, leaving their average hourly rate at $47.10 per hour.

Painters are the cheapest tradie in the state, at just $38.80 per hour, after experiencing a year-on-year drop of 19.7 per cent.  

“Now is the time to get jobs done in Victoria. Renovators need to take full advantage of these low prices, and get any outstanding work done,” says CEO Jeremy Levitt.

“Victoria is a competitive state for tradies and now is the time to undertake that bathroom or kitchen reno you’ve been putting off,” says Mr Levitt. “There are great deals across all industries and using a tradie comparison site like is one way to find them,” says Mr Levitt.

Hourly rates are “gross” rates and aside from including the cost of labour, also cover the cost of running the business such as insurance, tools, work vehicles and superannuation.

The prices were derived by comparing a sample of 52,000 quotes submitted during the FY17 Q4 through, the website for getting any job done.



Victoria FY17Q4, $/hr FY17Q3, $/hr % Quarterly change FY16Q4, $/hr % Yearly Change FY17Q4 Nat Average, $/hr % Diff on Nat Average
Plumber $76.20 $72.60 4.9% $76.30 -0.1% $86.00 -11.3%
Electrician $72.30 $71.70 0.9% $73.30 -1.3% $76.30 -5.2%
Carpenter $59.30 $52.40 13.2% $53.20 11.5% $60.40 -1.8%
Builder $57.70 $61.30 -5.9% $59.30 -2.7% $63.50 -9.1%
Landscaper $49.50 $49.30 0.6% $51.90 -4.5% $54.30 -8.8%
Tiler $47.10 $52.60 -10.6% $46.60 1.1% $52.00 -9.5%
Plasterer $46.60 $51.00 -8.6% $46.10 1.0% $51.90 -10.2%
Painter $38.80 $40.70 -4.6% $48.30 -19.7% $44.90 -13.6%
Average $55.90 $56.40
-0.9% $56.90 -1.6% $61.20 -8.5%