If you are thinking about qualifying to work as a tiler, you’re probably wondering how much you can expect to earn. Of course the amount you’ll get depends on a variety of factors, including where you live and work, whether or not you are qualified and how experienced you are at the job.
How much can you earn as a tiler initially?
Some tilers get started by finding a job that allows them to train at the same time as getting experience. If you go down this route you will probably start on anything from £11,000 upwards. This may not sound like a lot but remember that this is a trainee role. It means you can earn money while you are learning what is required of you as a tiler.
What happens when you are qualified? Does a qualified tiler earn more?
Yes, when you get a recognised qualification you will generally earn more money. This could be anything from £17,000 and upwards, depending on where you work and the job you get. If you are employed by a company it will depend on how much they pay their tilers.
Is there the potential to earn more as a tiler if you are self employed?
Yes there is certainly more potential – not least because you will set your own rates. This means you can charge by the hour or by the job, depending on how you work. Most tilers will set a price for the job as this is easier for the homeowner to understand. So, you will have to work out how long it will take you to complete the job, and what materials are required, in order to give the client a proper price. This becomes easier with time and experience. It also enables you to work out your wages according to an hourly rate if you find it easier to judge your earnings in this way.
Is there an average salary that is good to go by when working out how much a tiler earns?
It is wise to remember that averages are just that – figures based on all the salaries given by those who contributed their information on earnings. So the average includes trainee tilers as well as more experienced ones at the top of the ladder. In general an average seems to work out at about £21,000. However if you build your own business and employ other tilers to work for you, you can bump these earnings up considerably – if you are able to find enough work. The good news is that tilers are in demand so if you are determined and you want to build your own business, this could be worth looking into.