Sparkies top trades pay scale

WHICH trade pays the best? Based on recent vacancies advertised on MyCareer.com.au, electrical tradespeople take home the healthiest pay packet.

While the figures in the table below highlight the average incomes across a range of trades, remember they are indicative only, and based on MyCareer job listings inclusive of wage from the last 90 days and may incorporate the total remuneration package, not just the salary.

To explore current trade and technical vacancies, visit www.mycareer.com.au/trades

Sub-sector Average minimum Average maximum Average
Average Australian trades and services salary     $69,393
Air conditioning / refrigeration $45,000 $100,000 $72,707
Apprenticeships, cadets and trainees $17,448 $93,827 $58,189
Automotive trades $30,000 $110,000 $60,128
Boilermaking $43,472 $100,000 $71,637
Carpentry, joinery and cabinetmaking $35,568 $120,000 $65,230
Cleaning $30,000 $130,000 $62,052
Electrical $50,000 $150,000 $85,502
Fitting, welding and metalwork $40,000 $155,000 $72,092
Labour $32,162 $90,000 $48,945
Landscaping and gardening $30,000 $74,947 $49,501
Plumbing $17,000 $120,000 $56,832

Which trade deserves the biggest salary?

This poll ended on 31 October 2012.

Current Results

Electricians - it's dangerous work


Plumbers - it's dirty work


Carpenters - they put roofs over heads


Anyone in the mines - they're away from home


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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