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How much does a handyman or woman make?

As a handyperson, your work is interesting and varied, drawing on various creative skills. But how does this career choice pan out from a financial point of view? In this post, we look at the earnings potential of a handyman or woman. So, how much does a handyperson make in the UK?

Perhaps you’re employed as a handyman or woman. Are you curious about how much you could make if you became self-employed? Or maybe you’d like to hire an apprentice and want to know the costs.

How much does a handyperson make a year?

LevelPer hourPer dayPer yearEstimated business costs*Approximate take home pay
Apprentice£5.28£42.24£9,271.68£0.00£9,138.76
Newly qualified£7.49£59.92£13,152.44£0.00£12,437.34
Employed£12.00£96.00£24,960.00£0.00£20,466.48
Sole trader £35.00£280.00£51,626.40£6,453.30£34,113.63*
Business owner (Ltd company)£50.51£404.08£74,504.27£13,038.25£47,852.71*
*includes estimated business expenses such as vehicle, fuel, tools and insurance. You should always consult an accountant.
*includes estimated business expenses such as vehicle, fuel, tools and insurance. You should always consult an accountant.

The average annual salary of a handyperson is around £9,271.68 for an apprentice. If you own the business, you could earn up to £74,504.27 (trading as a limited company).

If you’re fairly new to the trade, you might expect to earn around £13,152.44. This can go up to £24,960.00 once you’ve established yourself in the role.

When looking at how much a handyman or woman can earn, as with any trade, it can be affected by many factors:

  • The amount of experience you have
  • The range of skills you possess
  • The qualification(s) you may have
  • The type of work and any specialisms you undertake
  • The area in which you work (for example, a handyperson salary in London is likely to be more than that of a handyperson in a more rural area)

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How much does a handyperson make an hour?

Handyperson jobs range from ‘odd jobs’ to long-term projects. For example, you might spend two hours putting up shelves, or spend days painting a room.

So, how much should you charge as a handyperson per hour?

  • Apprentice – £5.28 per hour
  • Newly qualified – £7.49 per hour
  • Employed – £12.00 per hour
  • Sole trader – £35.00 per hour
  • Business owner (Ltd company) – £50.51 per hour

What’s the average self-employed handyperson salary (UK)?

If you’re thinking of setting up a handyperson business, you’ll be keen to know your earnings potential.

A self-employed handyperson hourly rate normally sits around £35.00 per hour for a sole trader. This translates to a salary of around £51,626.40 per year before taxes and expenses. This is higher than some other trades, such as the average house cleaner salary.

There’s scope to make even more money as the owner of a handyperson limited company. You might even work with a team underneath you, taking on contracts for larger clients.

The owner of a handyperson (Ltd) company can earn in the region of £74,504.27 per year.

What about business costs and expenses?

Remember, when self-employed, you’ll have to cover your own business costs. We’ve estimated these in the table below to give you an idea of the average handyperson take-home pay.

LevelPer hourPer dayPer yearEstimated business costs*Approximate take home pay
Apprentice£5.28£42.24£9,271.68£0.00£9,138.76
Newly qualified£7.49£59.92£13,152.44£0.00£12,437.34
Employed£12.00£96.00£24,960.00£0.00£20,466.48
Sole trader £35.00£280.00£51,626.40£6,453.30£34,113.63*
Business owner (Ltd company)£50.51£404.08£74,504.27£13,038.25£47,852.71*
*includes estimated business expenses such as vehicle, fuel, tools and insurance. You should always consult an accountant.

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Is a handyman or woman business profitable?

So far, we’ve covered your earnings potential as a handyperson at various stages of your career. But to know whether a handyperson business is profitable, you must factor in your business costs and expenses too.

Both sole traders and limited companies have tax liabilities. You’ll also need to think about other costs such as fuel, workwear, tools and equipment. We estimate the following costs:

  • As a sole trader, your handyperson business costs will average around £6,453.30, equating to a take-home salary of approximately £34,113.63*
  •  As a limited company owner, your average handyperson business costs will be £13,038.25, equalling a take-home salary of approximately £47,852.71*

What are the most profitable handyperson jobs?

One of the most profitable handyperson jobs is carpentry. Good carpentry skills will always be in high demand, with people willing to shell out for your enviable woodworking abilities. And this in turn makes them a great way to improve your handyman lead generation.

Whatever handyperson jobs you undertake, your profitability will hinge on a few factors:

  • Your pricing – make sure you cover your costs
  • Your area of expertise – you could charge a premium for specialist skills
  • Your added value services – you might think about starting a cleaning business alongside your handyperson offering
  • Your location – a handyperson salary in London will always be more than elsewhere
  • Your outgoings – try to run your business efficiently to maintain your profit margins

And don’t forget to attract new customers with effective marketing.

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How to help your handyperson business thrive and grow

With plenty of earning potential, you might be thinking about setting up your own handyperson business.

We say go for it! You’ll have creative licence over your hours, the projects you take on, and your future career path.

There are so many benefits to being a Checkatrade member. We can help you launch your handyman or woman business with expert support:

Get more leads

Checkatrade members receive more than 100,000 leads each week. 3 million homeowners used our trades last year. A third of all trade work comes through Checkatrade**.

Build your reputation

8 out of 10 people would choose a trade endorsed by Checkatrade compared to one that isn’t endorsed***. The tick that homeowners trust, helping you to win more business.

Discounts and benefits

Get exclusive access to trade deals, saving money on business essentials. Checkatrade members save on average £470 per year each****. Boost your profits with better deals on equipment, van leasing, insurance, workwear, and more.

Handyman salary FAQs

Can you make a living as a handyperson in the UK?

You can make a living as a handyperson in the UK. The starting salary of an apprentice handyman or woman is around £9,271.68 per year. If you own a limited company, you could earn up to £74,504.27 per year.

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*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.

****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 on products.

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