How much do kitchen fitters earn?
Whether you’re starting out as an apprentice kitchen fitter, thinking about setting yourself up as a self-employed kitchen fitter, or you run your own kitchen fitting company – this guide is for you.
How much do kitchen fitters earn in the UK?
If you work as a kitchen fitter in the UK, you can expect to earn a kitchen fitter salary starting at around £11,240 as an apprentice, up to about £70,800 as a kitchen fitting limited company owner.
The exact salary you can earn as a kitchen fitter will depend on your qualifications, skills, experience, and where you’re based – as well as the size and complexity of the kitchen fitting jobs you do.
One thing is clear… If you start your own kitchen fitting business you’ll have the potential to earn a lot more than being employed – whether that’s as a sole trader or a limited company.
|Level||Per hour||Per day||Per year||Business Costs*||Approximate Take Home Pay|
|Business Owner (ltd company)||£48||£384||£70,800||£12,390||£45,910|
|*includes estimated costs for business expenses such as vehicle, tools, insurance, fuel etc|
How much do kitchen fitters earn per year?
To help you work out how much you can earn, here are kitchen fitter average salary figures for the different levels of experience:
- Apprentice kitchen fitter – £11,240 (£10,870 take home)
- Newly qualified kitchen fitter – £16,680 (£14,840 take home)
- Employed kitchen fitter – £34,320 (£26,830 take home)
- Sole trader kitchen fitter – £54,580 (£36,430 take home)
- Kitchen fitting company owner – £70,800 (£45,910 take home)
How much do kitchen fitters earn per month?
Based on the figures above, we’ve calculated how much the average kitchen fitter salary works out as a monthly wage:
- Apprentice – £1,110 per month
- Newly qualified – £1,647 per month
- Employed – £2,860 per month
- Sole trader – £6,412 per month
- Kitchen fitting limited company owner – £8,319 per month
What is the average kitchen fitter salary per week?
When you work out the average kitchen fitter salary as a weekly figure, this is roughly how much a kitchen fitter earns per week in the UK:
- Apprentice – £256 per week
- Newly qualified – £380 per week
- Employed – £660 per week
- Sole trader – £1,480 per week
- Kitchen fitting limited company owner – £1,920 per week
What is the average kitchen fitter day rate?
A lot of kitchen fitting jobs are charged by the day, so it’s useful to know the average kitchen fitter day rate in the UK. Here they are:
- Apprentice – £51.20 per day
- Newly qualified – £76 per day
- Employed – £132 per day
- Sole trader – £296 per day
- Kitchen fitting limited company owner – £384 per day
How much do kitchen fitters earn per hour?
If you’re wondering how much you can earn per hour as a kitchen fitter in the UK, here are figures for the average kitchen fitter hourly rate:
- Apprentice – £6.40 per hour
- Newly qualified – £9.50 per hour
- Employed – £16.50 per hour
- Sole trader – £37 per hour
- Kitchen fitting limited company owner – £48 per hour
What is the average self-employed kitchen fitter salary?
When looking at earning potential, starting your own kitchen fitting business as a self-employed kitchen fitter can massively boost how much money you can make.
Below are the average figures for a self employed kitchen fitter salary in the UK:
- Hourly rate – £37 per hour
- Day rate – £296 per day
- Yearly salary – £54,580 per year
- Annual take-home pay – £36,430 per year
How much profit do kitchen fitters make in the UK?
If you run your own kitchen fitting business, whether as a sole trader or a limited company, to work out your profit you need to factor in the costs of running your business – such as your work vehicle, fuel, tools and insurance.
After deducting business costs, a self-employed kitchen fitter can expect to earn an average take-home salary somewhere in the region of £36,430 as a sole trader. While as a kitchen fitting limited company owner, you’re looking at an average take-home salary of around £45,910.
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How to make your kitchen fitting business more profitable
As a kitchen fitting business owner, profitability should be high on the list of your priorities. After all, you want to make sure that you earn a profit on all the kitchen fitting work that you’re doing.
To help you boost your profits, we’ve put together our top tips to make your kitchen fitting business more profitable:
- Make sure you’re charging enough to cover your outgoings (including tools, materials, insurance, marketing, wages, fuel etc).
- Focus on the jobs that make you the most money and require you to spend the least (for tools, materials, etc).
- Limit how far you travel to avoid vehicle and fuel costs eating into your profits.
- Minimise your outgoings by trying to have no or as little debt as possible.
- Shop around for the best deals (like our member partnerships) on tools, equipment, materials and workwear.
- Get your business name out there through marketing (your website, customer reviews and SEO).
- Provide the best customer experience to all your customers to build a strong reputation and win more work through word of mouth.
- Join a trade directory like Checkatrade to build your reviews and online reputation.
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Is kitchen fitting a good career?
Being a kitchen fitter can be a rewarding career, and it’s certainly possible to earn a decent salary. You’ll most likely need to work weekends and some evenings as part of your kitchen fitting jobs, but you can expect to earn anywhere up to £34,320 per year as an employee. And, if you start your own kitchen fitting company, you have the potential to earn £70,800+ per year.