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How much do kitchen fitters earn?

Kitchen fitters are popular tradespeople, but how much do kitchen fitters earn? In this guide we look at figures for the average kitchen fitter salary in the UK. If you're starting out as an apprentice or setting yourself up as a self-employed kitchen fitter, 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 starting salary at around £11,240. This can go up to about £70,800 as a kitchen fitting limited company owner.

The exact salary you can earn as a kitchen fitter depends on your qualifications, skills, experience, and where you’re based. It also depends on the size and complexity of your kitchen fitting jobs, and the kitchen fitting costs you charge.

If you start your own kitchen fitting business you’ll have the potential to earn a lot more than being employed.

LevelPer hourPer dayPer yearBusiness Costs*Approximate Take Home Pay
Apprentice£6.40£51.20£11,240£0£10,870
Newly Qualified£9.50£76£16,680£0£14,840
Employed£16.50£132£34,320£0£26,830
Sole Trader£37£296£54,580£6,822£36,430
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

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. However, 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. There is also the potential to earn a lot of money starting your own business as a kitchen designer too.

Our guide on how much do kitchen designers earn can give you all the details you’re looking for.

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How much do kitchen fitters earn per year?

To find out how much you can earn, here are kitchen fitter average salaries 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

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What is the average kitchen fitter salary per week?

When you work out the average kitchen fitter salary as a weekly figure, you could earn per week:

  • 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

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 How much do kitchen fitters earn per hour?

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?

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

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How much profit do kitchen fitters make in the UK?

If you run your own kitchen fitting business, you need to factor in the costs of running your business. Your profits will be affected by the costs of 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 of £36,430.

While as a kitchen fitting limited company owner, you’re looking at an average take-home salary of around £45,910.

 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 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 business more profitable:

  1. Make sure you’re charging enough to cover your outgoings (including tools, materials, insurance, marketing, wages, fuel etc).
  2. Focus on the jobs that make you the most money and require you to spend the least (for tools, materials, etc).
  3. Limit how far you travel to avoid vehicle and fuel costs eating into your profits.
  4. Minimise your outgoings by trying to have no or as little debt as possible.
  5. Shop around for the best deals (like our member partnerships) on tools, equipment, materials and workwear.
  6. Get your business name out there through marketing (your website, customer reviews and SEO).
  7. Provide the best customer experience to all your customers to build a strong reputation through word of mouth.
  8. Join a trade directory like Checkatrade to build your reviews and online reputation.

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