The biggest trade gender pay gap in the UK is between carpenters and painters, according to a new review of tradesperson salaries. 

On average, male carpenters earn an average net salary of £22,072, which is a staggering 74.7% higher than the average wage of a female carpenter (£12,632). 

Using data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), tradesperson comparison site also identified that male painters take home an average net wage of £20,607, 44.1% more than female painters. 

Finding a tradesperson for your self build, renovation or home improvement project should not be influenced by gender, but the results indicate more needs to be done to challenge the gender pay gap. 

Another eye-opening revelation from the research was that the ONS was unable to gather a large enough sample of salary data from female tradespeople across many regions in the UK.

Trade / profession Average Net Salary – All Average Net Salary – Male Average Net Salary – Female Gender Gap £ Gender Gap %
Carpenter £21,964 £22,072 £12,632 £9,440 74.7%
Painter £20,338 £20,607 £14,304 £6,303 44.1%
Cleaner £9,624 £12,262 £8,822 £3,440 39.0%
Electrician £26,003 £26,118 £20,299 £5,819 28.7%
Builder £22,299 £22,356 £17,858 £4,498 25.2%
Plumber and Heating Engineer £24,906 £24,983 £20,585 £4,398 21.4%
Gardener £17,930 £18,263 £15,582 £2,681 17.2%

Trade professions – by largest gender gap (%), via

Tarquin Purdie, founder and CEO of, said: “While the gender pay gap continues to be a hot topic across the board, the stigma around the trades sector being very much a man’s place means that there are very little female tradespeople to help fight the change, to begin with.

Other sectors aside, the trades sector is pretty clear cut in the sense that if you have the skills to do a job and do it well, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be at the top of your game, and whether your female or male should have no influence on what you are paid for these skills whatsoever.”  

Additional data revealed that male cleaners were paid 39% more than female cleaners, and male electricians received £26,118 a month, 28.7 more than female electricians

Builders (25.1%), plumbers (21.4%), gardeners (17.2%) and car mechanics (14.8%) were among others trades featuring notable pay gaps.

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