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How Much Does it Cost to Hire an Electrician?

Hire an Electrician Costs
Average reported costs
$322
based on 42,629 cost profiles
Most homeowners
spent between
$160 - $515
Low cost
$80
High cost
$900
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Are you frustrated because you need an outlet where there is none or have an outlet where you don't need it? Want to install a dimmer? With technology booming and becoming a more prominent fixture in our lives, adding or updating your electrical outlets and fixtures in your home is becoming more of a necessity.

What do you need done?

Often, an electrician will charge a minimum trip fee for a job, plus additional labor and parts. Since you may be paying a minimum fee just for the visit, it's better to get a quote for everything you want at one time instead of piecemeal one-off bids. Do you want to install a ceiling fan? Add an outlet? Rewire a plug? Do you need dedicated circuits for your high-end electronics? The possibilities are endless and doing a quick walk-through of your home to see where you might need work might save you time and money in the end.

Pricing and Guarantees

Licensed electricians can charge anywhere from $50-$100 an hour depending on experience level and complexity of the job. This does not include additional costs for parts or minimum trip fees. An apprentice electrician could charge less than this for simple jobs.
Get detailed bids on the price of parts and labor for each project in your home. Additionally, make sure all expectations are in writing and that you completely understand the terms and conditions of the work to be done. Talk to your contractor about what happens if you aren't satisfied with the work or if unforeseen circumstances cause changes in the bid. See what kinds of warranties are offered and make sure you understand what is included in the price of the estimate.

Want to save money?

Light dimmers provide control over your lighting design and may add some extra savings on your electric bill and allow you to adjust the light to meet your needs. Light timers and motion sensor light controllers are another great way to enhance your home's lighting design and an easy way to reduce your energy spend. Have you thought about energy efficient ceiling fan installation? Ask your electrical professional about these and other great ways to reduce your energy consumption.

Urgent Repairs

It's very disconcerting to plug in an appliance and see a spark shoot out, or to flip the bathroom light switch and nothing happens. These are all potential fire hazards and need to be looked at by a qualified professional as soon as possible.

Choosing the Right Electrician

Choosing the right electrician doesn't have to be scary and you shouldn't live with dangerous problems for fear of choosing a bad contractor. Make sure the person you hire is licensed and ask for references to ensure their work and reliability. Meet the electrician and make sure that you feel comfortable with that person in your home or office. Trust is an important factor in your choice. Make sure that you see their insurance policy as well as any insurance policies they have for their employees and ask about their liability in the event of property damage.

 

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ROSEMARY HOAGLAND More than 1 year ago
I HAVE RECEIVED A QUOTE FOR OVER $2000.00 TO INSTALL A NEW PLUG FOR A CLOTHES WASHER AND REWIRING THAT PLUG (UNDER THE HOUSE WORK) AND FUSE BOX WORK THAT JOB REQUIRES. DOES THIS SOUND RIGHT? I'VE USED THIS FIRM BEFORE AND THEY DO EXCELLENT WORK, BUT MY HUSBAND SAYS THIS IS TOO MUCH.
Karen Ropp 7 months ago
I will try to contact one of these electricians.
Connie McManus 12 months ago
I've used Home Advisor before and I was very vert impressed. They did exactly as promised.Thank you!!!
Gloria Dunbar 17 days ago
I am trying to budget for a 240V, 50A installation job and do not want to be taken by the electrician on the quote.  Can you tell me the fair price to pay for this.  My breaker box is in the garage at the front of the house, attic is accessible.  The spa will be in the backyard against the house, opposite corner/side of the breaker box in the garage.  Don't know if this matters.  Please give me some idea of what a fair price is if you can.  I have had 3 estimates that are so far from each other...I am beginning to wonder what will I be paying for.    Thank you
Jc Smith 12 days ago
 $600 plus or -20% .  This is based on your spa being 70 feet away from your panel. I would figure 200 for material and about 400 for labor for two guys.
Janice Yates 4 months ago
A tree limb took down the electrical mast from the outside of our home on a Friday afternoon. The provider that responded stated that they charged $180 per labor hour. They took 35 minutes to arrive, then spent over an hour to go to Lowe's for a 200 amp wire (which they knew they needed). They charged us for all of that time plus $251 for the wire. They also charged us the 20 minutes it took to write up the bill. All in all, $845. Does this sound right?? I feel as though we have been price-gouged. All they had to do was put the mast back on the house - no damage done to the meter.
Robert Kristan 22 days ago
Although the mast (conduit and weather head) are the homeowner's responsibility the 200amp drop (feeder wire from pole to house) is generally not.  The Public Utilities Commission (PUCO) requires the utility provider to supply the feeder in virtually all markets.  Probably the only advantage to paying the contractor to replace it is expediency, the utility could have taken several days.  For what the contractor did, as quickly as he did it, $850 is fair. 
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