WA plumbers are the most expensive of the 10 trades surveyed.

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Figures from serviceseeking.com.au show that WA plumbers are the most expensive of the 10 trades surveyed, charging an average of $96.93/hr, compared with $78.40/hr nationally and ahead of those in South Australia ($90.89/hr) and Queensland ($74.23/hr). Read the full article, published in the West Australian on 27 May 2015.

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Bill Edwards of Dianella posted at 4:37 PM 27-Jul-2015

I agree entirely Max many Plumbers I've known over the years had no Idea how to work out the hourly rate of doing business.

At one time 4 separate firms shared an office/phone answering 2 way radio setup, all with differing rates.

2 of us worked out the rates independently and were pretty close the other 2 would immediately say "You'll never get that rate" and then they would follow with a similar rate.

I used to say to them how do you know you're charging the right rate you might be too low or too high? .........They didn't care they sometimes would call a couple of other plumbers asking for a quote to see what others were charging, No way to operate.

Max Jones of WALLISTON posted at 10:15 AM 22-Jul-2015

There's a very good reason why rates for WA are above that in other states: we have been affected more by the "skills shortage" than other states.
Plus, when you see the standard of installation work turned out by plumbers in other states (particularly water heaters) and the resultant on-line complaints, it's really no wonder their rates are so much lower.
But at the end of the day, cheaper rates may just mean that the plumbers in other states don't understand the "cost of doing business" the way we do. But even at $96.93 per hour, we still aren't going to be able to afford to buy that second Ferrari any time soon.
Max Jones
Kalamunda Plumbing PL980

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