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Steeplejacks tackle building and repair work that needs to be done high above the ground.

Average salary*




How to become a steeplejack

There are no formal entry requirements to be a steeplejack, but GCSEs or Standard Grades in Maths, English, Science or Design and Technology are useful.  In Wales, you might consider the WJEC GCSE in Construction, or the Welsh Baccalaureate. You need ability in maths and a basic understanding of electrical theory to be a lightning conductor engineer.

A good way to start a career as a steeplejack is with an apprenticeship. You would work towards relevant Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) or National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) at Levels 2 and 3, including Accessing Operations and Rigging (Construction) - Steeplejack.  Once you have completed an apprenticeship you can apply to upgrade your CSCS trainee card to a Skilled Worker card.

What does a steeplejack do?

  • Installing lightning conductors
  • Fitting aircraft warning lights, replace roof glass, repair masonry and paint structures such as bridges
  • Demolishing tall chimneys or buildings
  • Checking for damage on buildings after heavy weather such as high winds
  • Reporting on problems and recommending solutions to architects, surveyors and engineers


  • Newly trained Steeplejacks can earn in the region of £19,000 - £25,000
  • Trained with experience Steeplejacks can earn in the region of £25,000 - £35,000
  • Senior or Master Craft Steeplejacks can earn higher salaries

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and any overtime that you may do. Self-employed access floorers set their own pay rates. 

* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019


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Progression Opportunities

Explore the progression opportunities below

  • Current role Steeplejack Working at heights, you'll be carrying out vital building & repair work on diffe...
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  • Current role Lightning conductor engineer You'll be in charge of making sure buildings are safe if they're struck by light...
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  • Current role Site Engineer/Technician Acting as the main technical advisor on projects ranging from new houses to rail...
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  • Current role Occupational supervisor/team leader Take the next step in your career as an Occupational Supervisor. Work with new m...
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  • Current role Estimator Work involves calculating the cost of supplying products or services for clients...
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  • Current role Contracts manager During a construction project, the contracts manager overseas the contracts proc...
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  • Current role Self-employed contractor/sub-contractor As a contractor or subcontractor, you'll be working directly with your clients t...
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