EARNING POWER: A Tradie Rich List for 2016, compiled by trades website ServiceSeeking, ranked Queensland’s electricians and plumbers as the sixth and tenth biggest earners in the sector across Australia.
EARNING POWER: A Tradie Rich List for 2016, compiled by trades website ServiceSeeking, ranked Queensland’s electricians and plumbers as the sixth and tenth biggest earners in the sector across Australia.

WATER COOLER: Are you better or worse off than a tradie?

FRASER Coast plumbers and sparkies are making up to $75 per hour, way higher than the average wage of $29.

A Tradie Rich List for 2016, compiled by trades website ServiceSeeking, ranked Queensland's electricians and plumbers as the sixth and tenth biggest earners in the sector across Australia.

The averages were found using more than 50,000 quotes submitted through the site.

In comparison, registered nurses in the public sector make about $30 an hour as their base rate.

But tradies have defended their prices, saying after overheads, they only make about $30 too.

Wondunna electrician Chris Cave, who employs five full-time "sparkies" in his business, said while he might clock-in up to 12 hour days, he only gets paid about half.

Visiting homes and buildings to prepare quotes, travel time between destinations, invoicing and other office work to keep the business ticking-along is not charged.

While the call-out fee, from $75 an hour, might sound a princely sum, he said most licenced contractors worked to earn about $50,000 in annual wages, with six-hours of paid work five days a week or more needed to achieve the target.

"I wake up at about 4.30am every morning and then do a couple of hours in the office and I might get back at about 5.30pm," he said.

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