Site workers earn more than architects

Grant Prior 4 months ago
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Construction apprentices will earn thousands of pounds more than many university graduates.

Latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) quizzed small contractors on how much they pay tradespeople.

The highest reported annual salary for a London bricklayer was £90,000.

The average annual salaries were:

  • Site managers earn £51,266
  • Plumbers earn £48,675
  • Supervisors earn £48,407
  • Electricians earn £47,265
  • Civil engineering operatives earn £44,253
  • Steel fixers earn £44,174
  • Roofers earn £42,303
  • Bricklayers earn £42,034
  • Carpenters and joiners earn £41,413
  • Plasterers earn £41,045
  • Scaffolders earn £40,942
  • Floorers earn £39,131
  • Plant operatives earn £38,409
  • Painters and decorators earn £34,587
  • General construction operatives earn £32,392

In comparison government figures show the UK’s university graduates earn the following average annual salaries:

  • Pharmacists earn £42,252
  • Dental practitioners earn £40,268
  • Architects earn £38,228
  • Teachers earn £37,805
  • Chartered and certified accountants earn £37,748
  • Midwives earn £36,188
  • Veterinarians earn £36,446
  • Physiotherapists earn £32,065
  • Nurses earn £31,867

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. University students in England will graduate with an average £50,800 of debt, according to The Institute for Fiscal Studies, while apprentices pass the finish line completely debt-free.

“Not only that, apprentices earn while they learn, taking home around £17,000 a year.

“We are therefore calling on all parents, teachers and young people, who too-often favour academic education, to give a career in construction serious consideration.”

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