Pay for fencers varies depending on skills and experience.
A new entrant usually earns $17 an hour.
Average pay for skilled fencers is about $20 to $23 an hour.
The highest pay rate for fencers with managerial responsibilities is about $28 an hour.
Fencing contractors usually charge clients between $42 and $50 an hour, but must recoup expenses from this.
Sources : Fencing Contractors Association.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Fencers may do some or all of the following :
discuss fencing needs with customers
estimate and quote prices for customers
lay out fence lines
dig fence post holes and position posts
mix and pour concrete
construct fences made of boards, wire, chain links, posts or other materials
assemble gates and hang them in position
build barriers, security fences, retaining walls, vineyard trellises, and other types of fences and walls
run their own businesses.
Fencers need to have :
knowledge of fencing materials, designs and styles
knowledge of costing methods and business management
knowledge of how to use power tools and machinery
practical skills such as carpentry, and the ability to make concrete.
often work irregular and long hours, depending on the type of fence and its location. Some long hours and weekend work may be necessary
work on farms or in towns
work in all but the most extreme weather conditions
may travel to parks, private homes, or industrial or commercial sites, and may work in very remote rural areas.
There are no specific requirements to become a fencer.
However, some employers prefer you have completed, or will support you to work towards, a National Certificate in Fencing or a National Certificate in Agriculture (Level 2), which has a fencing component.
National certificates in agriculture are overseen by the Primary Industry Training Organisation (Primary ITO) and involve theory work and on-the-job training.
National certificates in fencing are offered at Level 2, 3 and 4 by training providers throughout the country.
Useful subjects for fencers include maths, woodwork or workshop technology, and English.
Fencers need to be :
quick and efficient
able to follow instructions
able to do maths calculations
Useful experience for fencers includes :
building and construction work
work with hand tools or welding equipment.
Many fencers start their career as casual labourers on fencing crews as a way of getting experience.
Fencers need to have excellent fitness and health, and must be strong. A lot of lifting and moving may be required on some fencing jobs.