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Tradies continue to thrive as property market booms.

Australia’s trades workers are known to earn solid incomes, but some are taking home even more than others.

In Western Australia, plumbers are charging an average of $87.67 per hour which, while down 9.5% since last year, is still the top of the heap nationally.

Across Australia, the average cost of a plumber is about the same at $78.40 an hour.

The entry mark into the 2021 Tradie Rich List is $76/hour, down 7.6% on last year.

The annual list is based on 52,000 quotes submitted through the website in 2021 compared to the same last year. New South Wales has the wealthiest builders at $77.85 an hour, a rise of 27.7%, and Queensland has expensive landscape gardeners at $70.57 but about 10% cheaper than last year.

And in Sydney, flooring is work to avoid. It recorded an almost 20% drop in hourly rates to $38.48.

“Like many industries it’s all about how complex the work is and where you work,” says Jeremy Levitt, CEO of

Tradie Rich List 2021, with average rates per hour:

1. WA Plumbers $87.67
2. WA Electricians $87.33
3. NSW Builders $77.85
4. NSW Plumbers $77.42
5. VIC Plumbers $77.03
6. QLD Electricians $75.23
7. WA Builders $71.52
8. QLD Landscapers $70.57
9. VIC Electricans $68.68
10. QLD Plumbers $68.58

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