How Much Is a Builder's Day Rate in 2024? | Checkatrade
Request a quote
Review a Trade

Have you completed a project recently? Let your tradesperson know how they did.

Advice Centre

Get Inspired! Check the latest industry expertise and read insider tips from our vetted tradespeople.

Search For A Trade

We interview and vet all our tradespeople to ensure they meet our high standards.

Join Checkatrade

Join us and benefit from the millions of potential customers who use Checkatrade to find reliable tradespeople.

Advice Centre

Grow your business! Check out top tips and expert advice for boosting your reputation online.

Login To Your Account

Edit your profile, view callback requests and ask for feedback from customers.

Last updated on May 30th, 2023

Builder day rate

When it comes to construction projects and structural work, chances are you’re going to need a builder (or builders) to carry out the work. In this guide, we look at the average builder day rate, as well as the rates for various other tradespeople you might need help from.

How much is the average builder day rate?

Due to the nature of construction work and regional variations in costs, the average builder day rate can vary quite a lot depending on the work you need doing and the individual builder you hire.

Type of builderRange - Day rate
Builder£240 - £300
Bricklayer£240 - £320
Labourer£180 - £240
Scaffolder£200 - £280
Roofer£220 - £320

Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now

As a guide, you can expect to pay somewhere in the region of £240 - £300 per day for a builder. The exact rate you pay will depend on the individual builder’s experience, the complexity of the project, and where you live in the country. For example, in London and the Southeast builder day rates tend to be higher.

Builder hourly rate

The average builder hourly rate in the UK can vary massively. In general, more experienced builders working on more demanding projects charge around £50 per hour.

Hourly rate for self-employed builder

You can expect to pay around £40 per hour for a self-employed builder. The difference between a self-employed builder and a builder working for a construction company is that they usually charge a lower hourly rate, as you’re paying them directly without having to cover the admin and overheads of a larger company. But again, this will vary depending on experience and where you are located in the UK.

See the tradespeople we've checked and recommend for your job

Builder in front of house being built

Types of builder

When a lot of people talk about hiring ‘a builder’ they can often be referring to a number of different tradespeople within the construction industry.

Here are the average hourly and day rates for some of the most common tradespeople that often get lumped under the title ‘builder’:

  • Bricklayer£240 - £320 per day
  • Labourer – £180 - £240 per day
  • Scaffolder£200 - £280 per day
  • Roofer£220 - £320 per day

Common project costs for a builder

If you want to find out more about prices for some of the most common projects that you’ll need a builder for, check out the following cost guides that we’ve put together for you:

Builder day rate quotes

As with all tradespeople, we always recommend obtaining at least three quotes from different builders in your area. You’ll want to shop around to make sure you’re paying a fair and competitive price for the work. And, thankfully, we’ve got a tool that makes finding multiple quotes super easy.

Our request a quote feature is perfect for getting quotes: you post details about the work you need doing and we’ll send it out to local tradespeople in your area. Try it out – it’s quick and easy!

See the tradespeople we've checked and recommend for your job
The Checkatrade guarantee
The Checkatrade guarantee

When you contact a trade through Checkatrade, our guarantee could cover you for up to 12 months. You can claim up to £1,000. Exclusions and T&Cs apply.

Tell us what you think

Please note, you cannot leave a review, or contact a tradesperson by commenting.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

What others think of this article:

Linda osborn

I found this really useful. As an older person it is very difficult to deal with a tradesperson who just asks you for your budget and then wants you to negotiate what they will charge for a job.

Also in this project

Cost to rebuild a house

If you’re thinking about carrying out some major structural changes to a house, you could be better off knocking it down and building a new one in its place. It can work out both financially and arc...

Read more
Carpentry prices guide

Carpentry is a woodworking skill that requires a carpenter to make or repair things using various types of wood. In this carpentry price guide, we’re going to discuss the different types of carpentr...

Read more
How much does it cost to build a double storey extension?

Drastically improve your living space, with our in-depth guide to reducing the duration and cost of a two story extension. With useful tips and factors to consider....

Read more
Building cost per sq m

There are many advantages to building your own home. To help you plan your project and your budget, we’ve put together a handy guide to the average building cost per sq m. Plus, any other relevant b...

Read more