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How much do bricklayers earn?

Bricklayers are in high demand across the UK. Whether you're looking to hire bricklayers or start your own business, here's how much bricklayers earn.

What is the average salary for UK bricklayers?

Qualified and experienced bricklayers can expect to earn an excellent salary. Even newly qualified bricklayers earn more than many other professions.

If you’re not sure how to benchmark, check out our guide to how much builders earn. For a similar niche business, you could also look at how much scaffolders make in the UK.

Our comparison table should give you an accurate view of a bricklayer’s earning potential at different stages of their career.

LevelPer hourPer dayPer yearEstimated business costs*Approximate take home pay
Apprentice£6.30£50.40£11.062.80£0.00£10,714.94
Newly qualified£18.19£145.52£31,941.64£0.00£25,214.00
Employed£19.28£154.24£40,102.40£0.00£30,763.31
Sole trader £38.00£304.00£56,051.52-£7,006.44£37,588.73*
Business owner (Ltd company)£38.53£308.24£56,833.29-£9,945.83£37,508.29*
*includes estimated business expenses such as vehicle, fuel, tools and insurance. You should always consult an accountant.

A bricklayer’s annual salary begins at around £11.062.80 for an apprentice bricklayer. This can rise to an excellent £56,833.29 for the owner of a Limited Company.

How much does an experienced bricklayer earn?

Bricklayers are very well-paid tradespeople. Newly qualified bricklayers can expect to earn around £31,941.64. This can increase to £40,102.40 as you gain more experience.

The amount of money a bricklayer can earn will also depend on other factors than experience.

Location will play a large part of a bricklayer’s earning potential. As will the type of work you carry out e.g., new-builds, commercial projects, or home extensions.

How much can a self-employed bricklayer earn?

The first thing you want to find out when you’re planning to start your own bricklaying business is how much you can earn.

If you’re running your own bricklaying business as a sole trader, you can expect to earn around £56,051.52 per year.

If you decide to set up your own bricklaying limited company, then annual earnings could be closer to £56,833.29.

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Bricklaying business costs and expenses

Whether you operate as a sole trader or a limited company, you’ll need to understand your costs and expenses.

We’ve made general estimates to give you an idea of how much you may take home after any deductions.

LevelPer hourPer dayPer yearEstimated business costs*Approximate take home pay
Apprentice£6.30£50.40£11.062.80£0.00£10,714.94
Newly qualified£18.19£145.52£31,941.64£0.00£25,214.00
Employed£19.28£154.24£40,102.40£0.00£30,763.31
Sole trader £38.00£304.00£56,051.52-£7,006.44£37,588.73*
Business owner (Ltd company)£38.53£308.24£56,833.29-£9,945.83£37,508.29*
*includes estimated business expenses such as vehicle, fuel, tools and insurance. You should always consult an accountant.

What is the average hourly rate for a bricklayer?

If you’re planning to hire bricklayers to work for your business, you’ll want to know the average hourly rate expectation.

Rates will vary depending on experience and location. On average, you can expect to pay:

  • Apprentice – £6.30 per hour
  • Newly qualified – £18.19 per hour
  • Employed – £19.28 per hour
  • Sole trader – £38.00 per hour
  • Business owner (Ltd company) – £38.53 per hour

How much is the average bricklayer day rate?

Bricklayers may work on large-scale construction projects. They may also work on residential property extension projects.

Therefore, it’s a good idea to know the daily pay rate for bricklayers to ensure that you are competitive:

  • Apprentice – £50.40 per day
  • Newly qualified – £145.52 per day
  • Employed – £154.24 per day
  • Sole trader – £304.00 per day
  • Business owner (Limited company) – £308.24 per day

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Bricklayer earning FAQs

How much do bricklayers get paid per brick?

Bricklayers charge anywhere between £650 – £1,790 per 1,000 bricks. This is for common machine-made bricks for private customers.

At Checkatrade, we recently compiled a guide to the cost of bricks. This guide will help you find out more detailed information about the costs of bricklaying today.

How difficult is bricklaying?

Bricklaying is a skilled trade. It takes around two years to learn bricklaying – it’s not a skill that’s usually picked up for a DIY project.

Bricklaying requires a combination of strength and accuracy. Bricklayers must be strong and fit as bricklaying is a physically demanding trade.

They must also be good at taking accurate measurements so that all bricks are laid evenly and courses are identical.

Where do bricklayers get paid the most?

Bricklayers in London and southeast England can expect to get paid the most in the UK. In other areas, earnings will depend on the company you work for and the type of projects you’re involved in.

How many bricks can a bricklayer lay in a day?

When working in good conditions on a fully accessible site, a competent bricklayer can lay around 500 bricks per day.

Difficult working conditions and complex structures will reduce this amount, while bricklayers who work quickly may slightly increase the rate.

*Estimate costs for vehicle, fuel, tools, and insurance

**Checkatrade brand tracking survey April 2021

***Claims are sourced from a survey conducted by Deep Blue Thinking on a nationally representative UK sample in November 2021.

**** The year runs from April 21’ to March 22’. Saving calculation based on average spend across 12,505 members in 2020/2021/2022. Discounts differ depending on the partner. Products range from low-value items to high-value items. Some exclusions will apply to products.

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