The average bricklayer earns 10 per cent more than the typical architect, according to new research
A poll of 320 members by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) found that small builders across the UK were paying an average annual salary of £42,034 to brickies.
This compared with a median annual pay of £38,228 for architects across the UK stated by the Office for National Statistics in its draft 2017 earnings figures.
Floorers, scaffolders and plasterers all earn more than architects, according to the FMB report. One firm was paying London bricklayers £90,000 a year.
FMB chief executive Brian Berry said: ‘Money talks and, when it comes to annual salaries, a career in construction trumps many university graduate roles.
‘The average university graduate in England earns £32,000 a year, whereas our latest research shows that your average bricky or roofer is earning £42,000 a year across the UK.
‘In London, a bricklayer is commanding wages of up to £90,000 a year. Pursuing a career in construction is therefore becoming an increasingly savvy move. ’
Average annual salaries:
- Plumbers £48,675
- Electricians earn £47,265
- Civil engineering operatives £44,253
- Steel fixers £44,174
- Roofers £42,303
- Bricklayers £42,034
- Carpenters and joiners £41,413
- Plasterers £41,045
- Scaffolders £40,942
- Floorers £39,131
- Plant operatives £38,409
- Architects £38,228**
- Painters and decorators £34,587
- General construction operatives £32,392.
Source: FMB poll of 320 members
**Median annual pay in latest (draft) ONS earnings figures