According to new research, construction apprentices will earn thousands of pounds more than many university graduates.

The Federation of Master Builders took a look at the average salaries of UK tradespeople, and discovered that many are earning well above the average wage of uni graduates.

These studies uncovered that the average wage for a university graduate in England is £32,000 a year, while the average bricklayer and roofer is earning £42,000 a year across the UK. And when they paid close attention to certain regions, things look even better for tradespeople. In London, a bricklayer is commanding wages of up to £90,000 a year.

After 2016, brick layers in the UK were found earning £25 an hour. Plumbers and electricians are some of the top average earners among tradespeople in the UK, along with site managers, supervisors and civil engineering operatives – who all earn more than architects, accountants and dentists.

Below we have some side by side comparisons of the trade industry and university graduate salaries.

Here are the top five average earnings for UK trades professionals:

  1. Site managers – £51,266
  2. Plumbers – £48,675
  3. Supervisors – £48,407
  4. Electricians – £47,265
  5. Civil engineering operatives – £44,253

Compared with university graduates:

  1. Pharmacists – £42,252
  2. Dental practitioners – £40,268
  3. Architects – £38,228
  4. Teachers – £37,805
  5. Chartered and certified accountants – £37,748

Brian Berry, the Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders said, “Money talks and when it comes to annual salaries, a career in construction trumps many university graduate roles.” Which means earning while you learn spells a promising future for apprentices.

Brian Berry continued to say, “Pursuing a career in construction is therefore becoming an increasingly savvy move. University students in England will graduate with an average of £50,800 debt, while apprentices pass the finish line completely debt-free. Not only that, but apprentices earn while they learn, taking home around £17,000 a year.

“We are therefore calling on all parents, teachers and young people, who too-often favour academic education, to give a career in construction serious consideration.”

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