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How To Get Paid More Working in the Trades

6 February 2017

Some trade jobs that involve working at height, such as crane and fork hoist operation, are amongst the highest-paid jobs in Australia in terms of hourly rate.


A report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2013, listed crane, hoist and lift operators as the 16th highest earning occupations in Australia, by the hour, and well about the average of $34.70. Crane, hoist and lift operators were earning an average of $54.60 per hour.


There are many examples of industries where height specialists are in demand in Australia. Those working in the trades may therefore be able to earn higher pay by diversifying their skill set and getting licensed to work at heights.

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How working at height can help you earn more

Whether you're a builder, electrician, fabricator or welder, heights training can lead to new career opportunities and lead to higher-paying jobs. Getting certified could also set you up for a second trade - if not as a crane operator, perhaps installing or repairing fixtures at height, high-rise construction work, or as a scaffolder.

There are numerous examples of industries where height specialists are in demand in Australia - construction and mining in particular. Many industries in Australia need tradies with the necessary skills to work at heights.



Why working at heights can be well paid

While the salary can be higher, there are of course inherent risks at working at heights. That is why Australian businesses employing staff to work at height must ensure they have the required training.

Dave Noonan, chief of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), said that crane, hoist and lift operators do high-risk work.


"They work at height, under great pressure and have to exercise very precise skills that have very high requirements for occupational health and safety. The consequences of making a mistake are obviously very serious for other construction workers, but also they are interacting with the public," Mr Noonan told


Recommended height safety training courses in Australia

Blackwoods Training offer nationally recognised height safety training courses suitable for a range of professions. Whether you need a general work safely at heights licence or something more specialised such as a licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform or a mobile crane, we're here to help you.


If you're ready to upskill and see your income rise to new heights, browse the range of Blackwoods Training courses today.


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