Forget the Red Rooster Line, Sydneysiders. If you needed proof of the difference between western Sydney and the inner city, this is it.
Jobs website ServiceSeeking.com.au has pulled together data from more than 40,000 quotes submitted by tradies in the last financial year and the results aren't as surprising as they should be.
With dark red marking areas with above average pricing and dark green pointing to below average, the map clearly demonstrates how much more expensive it is to hire a tradesperson in the inner city, eastern suburbs and the north shore.
In some cases, the difference is up to 49 per cent; while carpenters in Rockdale, Kingsgrove and Gladesville are charging $52/ hr, chippies in Paddington, Randwick, Pyrmont and Leichhardt are looking for $85/ hr.
Similarly, Blacktown, Westmead and Chatswood are the cheapest suburbs to hire a painter in ($41/ hr) with Manly, Annandale and Turramurra the most expensive ($84/ hr).
According to ServiceSeeking.com.au CEO Jeremy Levitt, there are a number of reasons why the price difference is so startling - including that tradies might just be charging more where they can.
"Tradies working in suburbs considered to be more affluent often increase their charge-out rates because they perceive their customers to be more capable of paying higher prices," Levitt said.
"In addition to this, these suburbs generally have a higher demand for renovation services."
Levitt also pointed out that tradespeople travelling to the pricier suburbs would have higher overheads.
"A lot of tradies are commuting from the south and west to the north and east for jobs," he explained.
"Their hourly charge-out rates will incorporate overheads, including the cost of commuting along with insurance, vehicles, staff and tools."