When considering a career in the gas industry, one of the first questions you’re likely to ask yourself is, “How much can I earn as a gas engineer?”
As someone entering the trade as a beginner, realistically, you won’t be at the top of the pay range straight away. However, with hard work, your pay will increase over time.
In addition, as a gas engineer, you have the choice of working for a company or going self-employed. Both of these have benefits in terms of stability and finances.
What Does The Training Involve?
The Domestic Gas Training Course available at Options Skills caters to various people with varying skill sets. Beginners with no previous experience and those already working in the trades industry will find they can quickly get into the course.
Tutors with years of industry experience deliver high-quality training, combining practical skills and theoretical knowledge with assessments in the final stage of training. Ultimately, the gas course you undertake will lead you to become a registered gas safe engineer.
What Will I Be Trained To Do?
Through training, you will become a domestic gas engineer with the ability to work on home appliances. Training to become a domestic gas engineer includes a variety of different gas qualifications. These include:
- CCN1 – Core Gas Safety;
- CENWAT – Central Heating Boilers;
- CKR1 – Gas Cookers;
- HTR1 – Gas Fires;
- CPA1 – Flue Gas Analysers
How Much Can I Earn As A Gas Engineer?
How much you earn as a gas engineer varies; however, the average annual income is a substantial £37,500. (Source: Indeed.co.uk)
That’s well above the average UK salary of £29,600 per year (Source: UK.Jobted). However, as with any skilled position, there is always the potential to increase your salary further.
Depending on your skills, customer service, and dedication, your charge rate can increase, and you should never be short of work. A top-earning gas engineer can expect to earn upwards of £60,000 a year – which is close to double the UK average salary.
Employed Or Self-Employed?
There are pros and cons of working for someone else and working for yourself.
Self-employment boasts many benefits, including setting your working hours, working where you choose to and who for, and you’ll set your rate of pay. However, this means that it is your responsibility to arrange jobs and keep customers coming back. And with no one but yourself to pay your holiday or sick pay, monthly earnings may fluctuate.
Being an employee of a company means you have a steady work stream, set working hours and a set salary. The company will pay your statutory holiday entitlement and sick leave as per your contract. As an employee, you have less say over what jobs you do and where. You will also have to adhere to the working hours of the company.
It’s up to you which route you choose to take. The great benefit of working in the trade industry is freedom. You can try self-employment and employment, deciding which suits you best. Alternatively, you could do a bit of both.