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Electrician Average Hourly Rate

Electrical services are between $150 to $4,000. Projects that aren't as labor intensive, like having a light switch or outlet installed, will be less expensive, while replacing electrical panels will cost around $1,200. Ask for a cost estimate for an electrician in Evanston.

Things to Consider Before Hiring an Electrician

After a quick search, you'll see numerous recommended electricians near you. Find the perfect pro for the job utilizing these simple tips:

  • Read online ratings and customer reviews of prescreened professionals.
  • Consider the scope of your project, and search for a local electrician with specific experience in that work.
  • Compare quotes from multiple pros.

A professional should provide testimonials and a written estimate to cover all the bases.

Frequently asked questions

  • An electrician’s cost per hour comes in between $50 and $100. It’ll vary depending on your location and the type or professional you hire. Areas with a higher cost of living can expect to pay on the higher end of that scale. Licensing level may also increase the price.
  • Usually you’ll pay a higher rate for the first hour. This covers their travel and time expense. Emergency or after-hours rates are usually higher too – expect to pay an emergency fee of up to $300 plus a higher hourly rate.

Electricians do a fair amount of larger remodeling and new construction projects but also common residential projects including:

For cost information related to the above tasks, visit our Electrical Cost Guide.

  1. Do you have a license to perform electrical work in this state?
    All states require an electrical license or work performed under a Master Electrician. You should also ask how many on the job hours of experience they have.
  2. Do you have insurance?
    Never use one who isn’t insured. You can ask to see proof of insurance.
  3. Do you have prior work references?
    You might skip this for small jobs like installing a light or outlet. For larger projects, always get references.
  4. What are your rates?
    Always ask up front. Getting a detailed quote up front is the best way to go.
  5. Who is going to do the actual work?
    Often, a Master Electrician will come out to diagnose and bid on projects, but they have their apprentice and journeyman electricians do the work. This isn’t a terrible thing, in fact it’s common practice. The Master’s license is on the line with any work he supervises.
  6. Is your work warrantied or guaranteed?
    Any reputable company or contractor warranties their work, usually for at least a year.
  7. Are you usually on time?
    Overbooking is a frequent problem with electrical work. Often, a service call goes long, and they end up showing up at your home late. This common complaint is easily remedied with an up-front and honest discussion. If they can’t be on time, make sure they’ll call.

1. Don’t Be Misled by an Electrician’s Hourly Rates

A truly skilled, well-equipped professional with a truck full of parts that charges $100 an hour can be a much wiser choice than an inexperienced hack, working with inadequate tools and no parts, but charging much less. Often, more experienced professionals get the job done quickly with warrantied work.

2. Compare Travel Charges

Rates reflect travel times. Travel charges can have a big impact on your costs and are in some ways easier to compare than hourly rates. Many electricians spend a third or more of their time navigating traffic on their way to a jobsite. Every contractor must find a way to pay for the expense of driving each day.

3. Bundle Repair Jobs Together

When you feel it’s time to call a pro, review your list and then conduct a mini-inspection of your home. Look for faulty switches and dysfunctional or crowded outlets. When the electrician comes, you’ll save money and time by getting everything taken care of at once.

4. How to Prepare & What to Know Before the Electrician Arrives
  • Be as thorough and detailed in describing your needs to your contractor. The more they know, the quicker the job will go.
  • Before they arrive, prepare a precise list of items you want serviced. Electricians have budgeted their time for a service call. They don’t have time for additional requests once they are on site.
  • Make sure the electrical panel box is accessible. You’ll pay for the time it takes to access it.
  • Clear away fragile items, knickknacks and furniture from areas where you expect the them to work.
  • If you have questions about the project, ask them before they start. Most are happy to run you through the problem and the process of fixing it.
  • Ask about potential issues after the work is complete. During a service call a professional will spot any potential hazards.
  • You’ll lose power to parts of your home while they work. Be prepared to pause anything you’re doing during the service call.
  • In most cases you’ll have the option to either pay at the time of service or have a bill sent to you. You’ll be able to pay with cash, credit and sometimes check.
5. Install Money-Saving Electrical Fixtures
  • By switching from ordinary incandescent light fixtures or bulbs to fluorescent or LED ones, you can substantially reduce energy consumption in your home.
  • Motion detector switches can help you save money on outdoor lighting while at the same time providing very cost-effective security to your home.
  • Creative landscape lighting and indoor accent lighting can make your home more appealing to you, your guests and potential buyers in the future.

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Evanston Electricians are rated 4.8 out of 5 based on 1,730 reviews of 56 pros.

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  • NewProject: Install Electrical Switches, Outlets, and Fixtures
    Location: Evanston, IL
    Date: 11/25/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Is this an emergency?: No
    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Electrical fixtures : Outlets
    Electrical fixtures : Bath or attic exhaust fan
    Electrical fixtures : Interior lights
    Comment: Upstairs bathroom lights and exhaust fan do not turn on. Resetting GFI and flipping circuit breaker did not fix. No pop, flash, or weird smell. Just surprise lack of function.
  • NewProject: Install a Generator - For Business
    Location: Evanston, IL
    Date: 11/22/22
    Describe Generator Use: Other
    Devices to be Run by Generator: Refrigerator
    Location: Business
    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Property Owner: No
    Type of generator: Fixed Generator
    Are you interested in financing?: No
    Comment: We are a vintage flowershop with two old coolers from the 1940's. The generators have been updated over the decades but are in need of maintenance. Specifically, one is pulling water alll day into the cooling system and really running up the meter. Thank you! xxxx xxxxx
  • NewProject: Install Electrical Switches, Outlets, and Fixtures
    Location: Evanston, IL
    Date: 11/21/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Is this an emergency?: No
    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Electrical fixtures : Outlets
  • NewProject: Install Electrical Switches, Outlets, and Fixtures - For Business
    Location: Evanston, IL
    Date: 11/19/22
    Comment: I need a wireless doorbell repaired or replaced
  • NewProject: Upgrade an Electrical Panel or Wiring
    Location: Evanston, IL
    Date: 11/19/22
    Comment: I need a doorbell installed and a chandelier replaced.
  • Project: Upgrade an Electrical Panel or Wiring
    Location: Evanston, IL
    Date: 11/17/22
    Comment: Hello,Our high ceiling chandelier light is not working. We need someone to fix that.Thank you,Teenu
  • Project: Install Electrical Switches, Outlets, and Fixtures
    Location: Evanston, IL
    Date: 11/17/22
    Electrical Devices: Wall outlets
    Rooms Included: Living, Family, or Dining rooms
    Location: Home/Residence
    Historical Work: No
    Covered by Insurance: No
    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Project description: Update or add a few fixtures, outlets or switches
    Property Owner: Yes
    Are you interested in financing?: No
    Comment: Replace electrical wall outlet. 110v.
  • Project: Install Electrical Switches, Outlets, and Fixtures
    Location: Evanston, IL
    Date: 11/17/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Is this an emergency?: No
    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Comment: Replace light fixture in kitchen
  • Project: Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installation - Residential - Materials Provided by Consumer
    Location: Evanston, IL
    Date: 11/15/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Property Owner: Yes
    Already Purchased Station: Yes
    Supports 220v or 240v load: No
    Property type:: Single Family
    Comment: WE ARE LOOKING INSTALL AN EV CHARGER IN OUR FREE STANDING GARAGE BEHIND OUR SINGLE-FAMILY HOME. WE WANT TO INSTALL A 204V LEVEL 2 CHARGER. I THINK WE 110V IN THE GARAGE CURRENTLY. THE BREAKER BOX IS IN THE BASEMENT OF OUR HOME. WE MIGHT NEED TO UPDATE OUR BREAKER BOX. COULD WE HAVE SOMEONE COME AND ESTIMATE THE COST OF THE WORK.
  • Project: Install Electrical Switches, Outlets, and Fixtures
    Location: Evanston, IL
    Date: 11/14/22
    Services Needed: Replace an old fixture
    Services Needed: Move an existing fixture
    Location: Home/Residence
    Is this an emergency?: No
    After Business Hours: No
    Historical Work: No
    Covered by Insurance: No
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Electrical fixtures : Ceiling lights
    Electrical fixtures : Recessed lights
    Comment: I need a light fixture (pull string) replaced with recessed lighting and a switch put in.

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