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Salary ranges from construction roles

As with most industries, salaries in the construction industry vary depending on:

  • what role you do
  • your experience
  • the type of construction you are involved in
  • which part of the country you work in

For example, a construction manager's salary is likely to be higher than the average construction worker's salary because of the level of responsibility required to manage a construction project.

Below is a guide to the average salary a fully qualified and experienced person might expect to get for a selection of craft roles:

Job Role Salary Range (£)
Bricklayer 23,000 - 28,500
Carpenter 24,000 - 31,000
Ceiling fixer 20,000 - 26,000
Demolition operative 17,000 - 25,000
Floorer 16,000 - 22,000
Glazier 16,000 - 23,000
Labourer 15,000 - 21,000
Painter & decorator 19,500 - 25,500
Plant mechanic 24,000 - 31,000
Plant operator 22,000 - 28,000
Plasterer 21,000 - 29,500
Roofer 20,000 - 29,000
Scaffolder 19,000 - 26,000

In the construction industry there is plenty of scope to move up the career ladder and more than 35% of people are their own boss and run their own companies.

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