Electricians vs plumbers

It's well known that tradespeople make a decent amount of money. Both plumbing and electrical work can be very lucrative trades - but how much do plumbers and electricians actually make? And who earns the most?

Before we dive into that question, a disclaimer: it's rare for two tradespeople to have exactly the same salary, and earnings largely depend on an individual's work experience and qualifications. For the purposes of this blog post, we'll be looking at statistical averages, primarily those provided by the Office of National Statistics.

So who, on average, earns the most money?


How Much Do Electricians Earn?

As with any profession, an electrician's salary is based on their work experience and qualifications. However, in 2019, electricians were ranked #1 as earning the most money per annum out of all trades. The average salary of an electrician in the UK at that time was £33,176.

How much money you can make as an electrician largely depends on where in the UK you practice your trade. Electricians in the East of England had the highest earnings, coming in with an average of £1,363 a week - that's a theoretical £70k a year!

So, is the idea of becoming an electrician looking pretty good right now? If you're interested in become a qualified electrician, click the link below to find out more about the electrical courses we offer here at Access Training.

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How Much Do Plumbers Earn?

The average annual salary of a plumber in the UK is £31,703. Following the trend set by electricians, the average salary of plumbers is also affected by location; the highest earning region for plumbers was London, with an average salary of £34,311.

However, some plumbers can earn as much as £40k - £60k a year, depending on experience, qualifications, and what kind of services they provide.

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So Who Earns More?

On average, it would appear that electricians earn slightly more than plumbers, but both earn a significant annual salary. Both professions are potentially lucrative career options. It's also worth noting that there is a relatively high demand for both of these roles in the UK, which is another great reason to get yourself qualified today.

If you have any questions about how Access Training can get you started in the trade of your choice, reach out and contact our team and we'll do everything we can to help you find the right course to kick start your future career.

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