Thursday, May 26

It’s Electric: What Do Most Electricians Charge per Hour?

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Did you know that approximately 20% of all electrical injuries occur in children most often at home? Electricians are essential when you have a home electrical problem because trying to DIY a solution is dangerous.

Before hiring an electrician to make your home safer, you might be wondering how much it costs. Although every electrician is different, we have broken down the averages.

Read on to learn more.

Electrician Cost per Hour

A licensed electrician will charge a client per hour depending on their license type, level of experience, and complexity of the project. Typically, this price is anywhere between $50 to $100 per hour on average.

However, not all electricians will include all costs in their hourly rate. When you receive a bill, you might pay separately for supplies, travel, and overhead. Be sure to check with your electrician about these rates to avoid a blindside.

Service Call and Inspection Rates

How much do electricians charge per hour and how does that affect rates like a service call and inspection? Unlike other industries, electricians don’t offer free consultations and instead work under a service call.

A service call is any job that requires the diagnosis of a problem and can cost anywhere between $50 to $100 per hour. Homeowners will typically pay more for the first hour to cover the trip fee that costs $25 to $75 on average.

The trip fee covers travel time, costs, and small parts. A contractor will bill you for any large parts you need separately.

If your issue is already identified, the service call is free. Code compliance inspections are also usually free.

If you miss a set appointment with your electrician, expect to pay a no-show/no call fee. If you need to cancel, do so ahead of time.

Price per Project

When you hire an electrician, you’ll be paying for their services along with the project you need to be handled. This means you’ll have an hourly rate for labor and a separate project rate.

Ceiling fans are the cheapest project to complete while upgrading an electrical panel or a smart home installation is the most expensive. The following services can range from anywhere between $100 to $1,000:

  • Generator services
  • Outlet or socket installation
  • Wiring a house
  • Light fixture work
  • Attic fans
  • Electrical breaker

To get specific rates, you’ll have to ask for estimates from your local electrician. These are other questions to ask your electrician before you hire them.

Although most projects come with a flat rate, a rough-in for a new structure is an hourly rate project. Homeowners will typically pay $175 per hour for this.

Your Bill From Electricians

It’s hard to pinpoint how much you’ll pay when you hire electricians, but this guide provides you with a simple breakdown. To find out the true price of an electrician bill, ask around for different offers.

If you don’t already know what problem you are dealing with, expect to pay a little bit more for the diagnosis.

As a homeowner, there is a lot you can learn. Keep coming back to our blog for new informative posts each week.