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What’s the average gutter cleaner salary in the UK?

There’ll always be a demand for gutter cleaners, so it can be a great trade to get into. But what’s the average gutter cleaner salary in the UK?

Where there are gutters, there’s a need for gutter cleaners. So, if you get into this trade, there’ll always be a demand for your services. But how much do gutter cleaners make in the UK?

Whether you’re new to the trade, looking to go self-employed or getting ready to start a gutter cleaning business, this guide is for you. And if you also offer gutter installation, make sure you check out our guide to how much gutter installers earn to make sure you’re maximising your profits.

How much do gutter cleaners make?

Exactly how much you could earn as a gutter cleaner will depend on a number of factors, including how many jobs you complete a year, your location and your level of experience.

The biggest difference in gutter cleaner salary will come down to whether you work for a company or you’re self-employed.

LevelPer hourPer dayPer yearBusiness Costs*Approximate Take Home Pay
Apprentice£5.28£42.24£9,2720£9,139
Newly Qualified£9.50£76£16,6820£14,837
Employed£10.42£83.36£21,6740£18,232
Sole Trader£25£200£36,876£4,610£22,530
Business Owner (ltd company)£30.08£240.64£44,369£7,765£29,908
*includes estimated costs for business expenses such as vehicle, tools, insurance, fuel etc

What’s the average gutter cleaning salary?

Working as a gutter cleaner for a company can be a great way to gain experience and learn some tricks of the trade. However, your earning potential as an employee won’t be as high as if you set up your own gutter cleaning business.

Here’s how much you can expect to earn per year by working as an employed gutter cleaner.

  • Gutter cleaner’s apprentice: £9,272 per year (£9,139 take home)
  • Newly qualified gutter cleaner: £16,682 per year (£14,837 take home)
  • Employed gutter cleaner: £21,674 per year (£18,232 take home)

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What is gutter cleaning business profit?

If you’d like to maximise your earning potential as a gutter cleaner, the best thing to do is start a gutter cleaning business. Running your own business will mean you can choose your own rates and be in control of how many jobs you win each year.

Exactly how much you could earn will depend on lots of different things, like your location, rates and USP. However, the main difference will come down to whether you choose to run your gutter cleaning business as a sole trader or a limited company.

  • Sole trader gutter cleaner: £36,876 per year (£22,530 take home)
  • Gutter cleaning limited company owner: £44,369 per year (£29,908 take home)

As you can see, running your business as a limited company will give you the highest earning potential, but it will also come with more admin and expenses. Our dedicated guide will help you to understand which is right for you.

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How to increase your gutter cleaning business revenue

Once you’ve got your business off the ground, you’ll want to start thinking about how you can boost your gutter cleaner salary.

Here are some tips.

Consider your USP

Think about why homeowners should choose you over your competitors – what makes you stand out?

It might be your fantastic customer service, your prices, the services you offer or the areas you cover. By being really clear about what you offer and why homeowners should choose you, you’ll be best placed to win new business and retain existing clients. If gutter cleaning isn’t enough of a USP in your area, consider starting a gutter installation business as another string to your bow.

Invest in marketing

Attracting new leads is a key part of increasing your gutter cleaning business revenue. That’s where marketing comes in. Here are some ideas to try.

  • Print posters, flyers and business cards
  • Get vehicle graphics
  • Build a website
  • Get found on search engines using SEO
  • Try digital advertising
  • Use social media

Our guide to growing your trade business also has a free download you can use to help.

Review your pricing

Your prices will need to be competitive enough to win you work. However, if you find you’re struggling to cover your outgoings, it’s probably because your prices aren’t high enough.

Make sure to take into account your expenses (such as fuel, insurance, materials and tools) when you’re pricing a job, and ensure you have enough leftover after your expenses to make a decent profit.

Reduce your expenditure

Increasing your gutter cleaning business profit isn’t just about boosting your revenue. It’s also about watching your spending.

Try to avoid taking on debt where possible, as credit card bills and loan repayments can quickly add up. It’s also important to shop around for the best deals on things like tools, insurance and work vans so that you’re not spending more than you need to.

Luckily, Checkatrade members get exclusive discounts with our trade partners – in fact, members who use the offers save on average £500 per year! Which brings us onto…

Join Checkatrade!

By joining Checkatrade, you’ll be visible to the millions of homeowners who search our trade directory for trades like yours every year.

Not only will we help you to get a steady stream of leads, but a Checkatrade membership is a great way to increase confidence in your business so you can win more of the jobs you quote for. After all, we’re the ‘tick people trust’, and 8 out of 10 people would choose a trade endorsed by Checkatrade compared to one that isn’t**.

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FAQs

Do gutter cleaners make good money?

Yes, gutter cleaners have the potential to make good money, especially if they set up their own gutter cleaning business. Gutter cleaners who operate as sole traders earn on average £36,876 per year (£22,530 take home), while limited company owners receive around £44,369 per year (£29,908 take home).

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