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How Much Does It Cost To Hire An Electrician?

Typical Range: $160 - $502

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Electricians usually charge between $50 to $100 per hour. For the entire project, you'll spend an average of $317, or within a range between $160 and $502 or more. Both hourly and project rates vary depending on the type of project, license and experience of the service provider.
Frustrated by the lack of outlets when your cell phone, laptop or pad starts to die? Want to install a dimmer, fix a light or upgrade your home's security? Old electrical systems often can't keep up. Because smart homes and personal electronics are becoming commonplace, electricians are increasingly in demand to update and modernize the aging home.

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  1. Hourly Rates
    1. Service Call, Consultation, No Call, and Inspection Fees
  2. Avg. Price per Task
    1. Generator
    2. Outlet/Switch/Socket Installation
    3. Wiring
    4. Light Fixtures
    5. Electrical Breaker
    6. Attic/Ceiling Fans
    7. Smart Home
  3. Labor Factors
    1. Costs by State
    2. Emergencies and Off-Hour Services
    3. Residential vs. Commercial
    4. Licensed Master Electrician vs. Journeyman vs. Apprentice
    5. Savings
  4. Tips for Hiring

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Electrician Hourly Rates and Guarantees

Licensed electricians can charge anywhere from $50-$100 an hour depending on experience level, license type 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.
It's important to note that there are two hourly rates when it comes to most electricians. There is a difference between the rate the electrician gets paid and the rate the electrician will bill. Travel, supplies and overhead are sometimes included in the hourly rate, though some electricians provide a detailed line item bill with hourly rates separate from all other costs. This guide references what a licensed electrician will charge.
Most large companies don't do small jobs like fixing a light. Some electricians will do “side work,” or work without the overhead of an electrical company. In these cases, you may be able to find electricians working at a slightly lower rate than a professional shop charges.
There are a few minor cost factors to consider when hiring a local electrician:
  • Distance - Electricians will figure in the cost of travel to and from your home and any supply stores into project and hourly costs.
  • Accessibility - Is the project simple, like installing a light fixture, or complex like running a new circuit through finished walls? Complex jobs will increase the time of the project.
  • Experience - There are three license grades for electricians - Apprentice, Journeyman and Master. Each increasing grade requires more knowledge, experience and testing which all translates into higher rates. We'll dive into the specifics below.
Most will bid a total cost for the project. Get multiple, 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. Talk to your contractor about what happens if you aren't satisfied or if unforeseen circumstances cause changes in the bid. Review all warranties and understand everything included in the estimate. Make sure your electrician is licensed and bonded.
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Service Call, Consultation, No Call, and Inspection Rates

Service calls or consultations, or any job that needs a diagnosis, typically cost between $50-$100 per hour. Homeowners usually pay more for the first hour – up to $150. This helps cover gas, travel time and small parts. Contractors bill for large parts separately. Consultations and inspections are usually considered service calls and fall in the same range. Estimates to fix already identified issues are usually free.
Inspections vary depending on type. An inspection to diagnose a problem is a service call. Inspections for code compliance are usually free and performed by the local electrical inspector. An electrical inspection may also be part of a complete home inspection and costs between $200-$500. And don't miss your appointment. Many electricians charge a no show/no call fee, often the first hour of work to cover travel expenses. If you can't make the appointment, let them know well ahead of time.

Average Prices Per Task

Often, an electrician will charge a minimum trip fee for a job, averaging around $25. This is sometimes figured into the first hour of labor, which tends to be at 1.5 times the usual hourly rate. Since you may be paying a minimum fee just for the visit, it's better to get a quote for everything you want done 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? Maybe you need to install an electric vehicle charging station in your garage. 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.
Average Electrical Contractor Project Rates
ServicesAvg Project Costs
Generator Services$250 - $1,000
Outlet & Switch/ Socket Installation$150 - $250
Wiring a House$550 - $750
Light Fixture Work$150 - $750
Electrical Breaker$100 - $160
Attic Fans$200 - $400
Ceiling Fans$50 - $200
Smart Home Installation$400 - $2,000

Generator Services

Installing a generator costs an average of about $3,500 or anywhere between $1,000-$6,000. Having one repaired will only run about $250. Generators for backup power, off-grid living, and recreational vehicles are increasing in popularity. Keeping them running gives piece of mind and security in extreme situations.

Outlet and Switch/Socket Installation

A single outlet, or receptacle, only costs a few dollars. But with the first hour, installing an outlet will cost an average of $200. Installing a switch will cost a little less at $150. These are simple repairs, but since most electricians charge a minimum service call fee, it’s best to combine it with other work.

Wiring a House

It'll run $6-$8 per foot for the materials alone. Depending on how accessible the wiring routes are, you can easily end up spending an average of $1,200 to install electrical wiring. If the area for new wiring is accessible, like during a remodel when the walls are open, the job will take significantly less time. If walls need demolishing, budget about $1,700 for new drywall and drywall installation. Professional interior wall demolition comes at a cost as well.

Light Fixture Work

Light fixtures are simple jobs that vary by type. Not including the trip fee, installing a light fixture will cost anywhere from $70 to $750 or more.
  • A glass ceiling fixture or pendant light - $20-$40 plus one hour of labor for a total of $70-$140.
  • Recessed lighting - $160-$350 per light.

Electrical Breaker

Replacing an electrical breaker will run you about $30-$60 per breaker plus about an hour of time, for a total of about $100-$160. Upgrading the entire electrical panel will run between $500-$1,600 depending on size and complexity.

Attic and Ceiling Fans

Installing an attic fan costs $550 on average. It will remove hot and humid air from the attic to draw in cooler air from the home below, helping with cooling costs. Installing a ceiling fan to circulate air inside the home costs about $250 on average.

Smart Home Device Installation

Smart home automation will set your budget back an average of $1,200. Low-voltage smart home devices don't need a licensed electrician to install. Consult with a professional to find out if your smart home fixtures need a licensed pro, and if so, which type. For example, there are specialized licensed pros for home security alarm system installation.
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Labor Cost Factors

Typical Rates by State

Due to varying amounts of competition, state regulation, taxes and business overhead, the rates in your area may vary significantly from another. Get quotes from licensed electricians in your area for actual costs.
In urban centers like Denver, New York and Los Angeles, rates will fall on the higher side, in many cases exceeding $100 per hour. Rural areas tend to be cheaper, more like $50 per hour, though they factor in travel time and costs into their hourly rates (or charge a separate trip fee).

Urgent or Emergency Repairs + Time of Service

For evenings, weekends and holidays, expect to pay anywhere from time-and-a-half to double the hourly rate plus a trip charge of $100-$200 or more. Some electricians have hourly minimums of 2-4 hours. Even if the job only takes 30 minutes, they'll still bill for the hourly minimum.
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. Have a qualified professional inspect these potential fire hazards immediately.
Professionals often vary how they bill for emergencies, night work, weekends, holidays and the first hour. Consult multiple service providers in your area.

Fees for Residential vs. Commercial Electrical Work

Both residential and commercial electricians usually carry the same license and can provide the same level of work. However, experience differs greatly. Commercial and residential code requirements are not always the same. Commercial electricians generally charge about 25% more than residential electricians. The work is typically large-scale and deal with more complex systems.

Licensed Master vs. Journeyman vs. Apprentice

Average Hourly Rates by License Type
Type of ElectricianFirst Hour Rate*Avg Hourly Rate*
*These are hourly billed amounts a homeowner can expect to pay. Actual wages are lower and vary by location.
There are two types of electrician licenses in most states, Master and Journeyman. Licensing tests based on the National Electric Code are usually required in addition to state and local minimums for on the job experience. Depending on the state or locale, an apprentice needs a few years' experience working under a Master or Journeyman to be eligible for the Journeyman test. Even more years' experience as a Journeyman are needed to sit for the Master License. States vary on licensing requirements, including years of experience.

Want to Save Money?

Electrical work can get expensive. Ask your contractor about these and other great ways to reduce your energy consumption.
  • Light dimmers allow you to adjust the light to meet your needs and may provide extra savings on your electric bill.
  • Light timers and motion sensors are another great way to reduce your energy spend and add convenience.
  • Energy-efficient ceiling fan installation could also help you save energy at the flip of a switch.
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Hiring the Right Electrical Contractor

Most electrical work requires special knowledge, skills and safety precautions. It's not recommended for the average DIYer. Hire a professional if you're not sure of the project. But some smaller projects, such as replacing a light switch, may be done on your own, so long as you understand that electrical shock is extremely dangerous – always shut off the power to anywhere you're working.
Electrical shock and the risk of fire are possible with incorrectly completed work. If you are unsure of your abilities in any way, call a professional.
Knowing when to call an electrical wiring contractor and being able to choose the right one should be an informed decision. You shouldn't live with dangerous problems for fear of choosing a bad contractor.
  • Make sure you hire a licensed professional 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 and ask about their liability in the event of property damage.
  • Follow these additional five tips for hiring an electrician.
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ANDREA BRYANT More than 1 year ago
I need to install a vent in bathroom and I'm wondering this is costing me 350.00. Can this be right?
Xiomara Williams More than 1 year ago
ROSEMARY HOAGLAND More than 1 year ago
Xiomara Williams More than 1 year ago
To me that a lot for that service,only.
Steven Phillips More than 1 year ago
It is not possible to bid this sort of work without a site visit, there are too many variables. If the area(s) are finished with drywall OR if your service cannot handle the addition of the washer circuit then this job could easily run $2K or more. Much more. If your washer is in an unfinished area near the panel, AND the panel has the proper accommodation for an added circuit, this job should cost around $150 - $300 if priced by a licensed, insured electrician. Anyone charging less than $150 for a job of this type is likely a 'handyman' who knows that his work is worth far less than the going rate. Hire this person at your own risk, bearing in mind that ELECTRICITY KILLS!! 
Xiomara's job bidding skills and spelling skills seem to fall into the same category.
Julie Noah More than 1 year ago
Seems pricy to me
Diana Rogers More than 1 year ago
That seems high to me.
LUIS CALDERON More than 1 year ago
Installation of recess lightning in the basement would require dry wall replacement and patching. Is this part of the job or do I need to hire someone else for everything else other than the electrical job?
Connie McManus More than 1 year ago
I've used Home Advisor before and I was very vert impressed. They did exactly as promised.Thank you!!!
Alice Knatt More than 1 year ago
I have a quote for $200 to install a dedicated dedicated line and outlet for a sump pump.  Is this a reasonable cost? Thanks! 
Karen Ropp More than 1 year ago
I will try to contact one of these electricians.
Sally E Bryant More than 1 year ago
If you are paying for a service ,get more than 1 quote,for tha same scope of work.This intern gives you a ballpark for your budget.
Betty Hale More than 1 year ago
Got a restatement but can't get electrician to call me back
janell torres More than 1 year ago
I live in a condo (have permission to fix from HOA) and my main phone line went out. My Internet pro idea doesn't fix this. Any idea how much this would cost if it's a main wire repair?
Alvin Flores More than 1 year ago
I received a quote to rewire a two story house around 1,900 sq ft...because the need to be up to code. The quote is for 22,000.00. Do that make sense? For me looks like is over price base on an old house.
fran b More than 1 year ago
Check the requirements with the building and safety section of your city.  Generally you only have to upgrade if you are remodeling or adding an addition.   But if your wiring is causing problems, you may have to rewire for safety reasons.  
Larry (Steve) Kirkland More than 1 year ago
It all depends on what type of walls you have, are they plaster wall or drywalls. Is there paneling on the walls, or waynes coating. Drywall is bad enough, but dealing with the other types of wall is a hassle.  $12.00 a square foot is not unreasonable these days. If you don't like the contractor's price I would seek out an other contractor. I would get three quotes before I would hire any contractor, and I'm a contractor myself.
Diana Rogers More than 1 year ago
That seems high to me.
johnny archibeque More than 1 year ago
How much to install outlet for electric stove, also have power cord connected
Amy Alcantara More than 1 year ago
I am remodeling my home and want to switch the location of my washer and dryer to the opposite wall in my laundry room.  How much should it cost for the rough in plumbing (drain) since there is already a sink in that location.   I also need an estimated cost for moving the electrical plug for the dryer.  I am basically switching my washer and dryer to where my laundry room sink is currently Iand moving the sink to where my washer/dryer are currently located.  
Barbara Feig More than 1 year ago
how much should it cost to rewire each outlet//light switch/light fixtures in the context of rewiring  a whole house?
Julie Parsons More than 1 year ago
I have a question If anyone can please tell me. I live in an older two bd one ba house. It was wired once before, however was not done up to code. I have the option to buy, but in the attic is old knob and tube bkr box is 110. So what is good price for complete rewire and box upgrade?
Lee Sardo More than 1 year ago
I received a quote of $1500 to install a 220 outlet to laundry room. I can buy a new drier for less. Is this a normal price? 
james Bertucca More than 1 year ago
 good electrictrian could fix this problem in one hour. at a cost of $50.00 to $60.00  my problem is a security light is wired into a ceiling fan and when you turn off the celing fan it turns the power off to my backyard security lights.
maria DAWSON More than 1 year ago
I have  hire    First rate lawn service from home advisor before; to cut my grass ' nice people! on time' I call the same day' did it almost two hours great job! reasonable price!!
April Harris More than 1 year ago
I have a simple repair of reversing 2 wires in 1 GFCI receptacle.  We are selling and the buyer insists on a professional even though my husband could do the job.  I would like to find someone to do this for the price of a service call and not tag on the hourly rate as it will probably take all of 5 minutes to do this job,  Do most include a 1/2 hr in their service call charge?
Celeste Rfields More than 1 year ago
How much would it be to just have a electrician  make sure your plugs, wires, and outlets work basically a safety check in the house?
Brenda Ware Ware More than 1 year ago
Very reliable and courteous. Prenvious jobs completed exactly as requested.
Mike Atmour More than 1 year ago
I need 12 outlets replaced inside my home and 3 gfci outlets installed also 2 breakers replaced easy garage accessible and 2 can lights installed what will this cost in Portland? One place I called said $500+
john yerina More than 1 year ago
I may have not been clear on the amount of work that needs to be done. I want to know the cost of replacing the existing fuse box with a 200 amp service, upgrading the kitchen with dedicated outlets for appliances plus ground faults for same and in both bathrooms. The rest of the home needs electrical upgrade as well 
Walter Berry More than 1 year ago
Just Installing a new 200 amp service and breaker box with breakers could easily cost $1500. The materials alone could cost that much.
Elnagene Freeman More than 1 year ago
Mister Sparky Co was very prompt and efficient. Their explanations were clear and seemed
to be accurate. They cleaned up completely when they were finished and I was very pleased with
the small job required. I would use them again. 
Brad Baker More than 1 year ago
I had an electrician come out and provide an estimate to put in a separate circuit from the panel out to a deck area, the estimate was just under $2,000.  seems high but is it really?
Claude Rochaix More than 1 year ago
Way too expensive
Mark Green More than 1 year ago
If the electrician has to install and new Service panel then that would sound about right.
But if it is just a matter of running a dedicated circuit and tying into the existing panel;
it shouldn't cost more then $650.00.
Where are you located? 
Robin Bundick More than 1 year ago
My dining room light/fan unit is not working and either are my kitchen under cabinet lights. We eliminated a faulty switch. Think is may be a loose wire in the line. What is a fair price for this repair?
Rob Powell More than 1 year ago
I want to put LED bulbs in the existing exterior light fixtures of my home.  I currently have six exterior lights controlled by a total of four electronic timers I've installed in light switch boxes.  My current electronic timers will not work with LEDs.  I looked in one box, and it has red, black, and white wires running into it.  I think the other boxes should have the same type of wires.  Our house was built about 1980.  How much should I expect to spend to get four LED-compatible timers installed? 
Kevin Walls More than 1 year ago
Very quick response. Waiting on receiving a call from different contractors. Will update once I receive information from contractor.
sherry perkins More than 1 year ago
What should I expected to be billed for a new circuit breaker box.
Xiomara Williams More than 1 year ago
Abracke box cost between 100- 300 depent on the size. Plus the breaks one can cost 29.00- 50+. So1500 is OK.
s copeland More than 1 year ago
my 220 outlet went out after the last heavy rain storm  and the dryer will not  turn on. how much is this to  repair does the power company come out and repair?
Xiomara Williams More than 1 year ago
Steven Phillips More than 1 year ago
S Copeland,

Most electrical service providers will inspect your electrical service (at no charge) to see if the problem is on their side of the service or your side. If the problem is on your side of the metering equipment you will need to hire (and pay) the electrician of your choice for the repair.
Gloria Dunbar More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.
Walter Berry More than 1 year ago
Can your panel accept an additional 50 amp load? There is a formula based on the square footage of the house, required circuits, heat and appliance loads that will give a calculated load for the home. You should have a licensed electrical contractor who knows the NEC code, not just an electrician to make this calculation for you. You should not overload your existing panel. You will just be asking for trouble down the road if you do. Ask your contractor if they have made this calculation and what the calculated load is. This will tell you if a service upgrade is required. The service upgrade could cost $1500 to $2500. Make the contractor give you a written contract which specifies exactly what is to be done and what the cost and payment schedule is. Any reputable contractor will be glad to do this as this protects the both of you.
Janice Yates More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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. 
James Hornof More than 1 year ago
The homeowner is responsible for fixing the mast that was ripped off the wall.  It wouldn't matter how long you wait for the utility company as once they arrive they will tell you to call an electrician.  You are correct that they are responsible for the wires that come to the connection point.
James Hornof More than 1 year ago
I do not agree with how they determined the bill, but $845 is fair.  Any time work on the wires coming off the transformer is to be done there is a much greater degree of risk.  You cannot turn off the breaker as if you were changing a receptacle.  This is why these types of jobs usually cost more.  In my area any service work starts at about $1800, but the job you described would be about $1000.
shirley mccloud More than 1 year ago
I've experienced my recess lights have been going out, as of now I only have one light in my kitchen 4 dont even come on anymore along with lights in the basement., My daughters bedroom doesnt have electricity at all. I need to find the cause of this and oh I only have 1 light in my bedroom. There is some type of wiring problem that I have to have looked at. I liked to get a quote but I also now someone needs to come to the house to find the source of the problem
Philip or Arty Williams More than 1 year ago
Received a bid to wire an unfinished basement (rec room, bdroom, bathroom) about 1,000 sq feet.  Bid came in at $4500.   Includes outlets, switches, can lights in ceilings.  Does $4500 seem reasonable?
Walter Berry More than 1 year ago
Did this quote include all of the material? Is a service upgrade needed? If the answer to both questions is yes, then $4500 is reasonable. 
renee nox More than 1 year ago
I have received an estimate of $7,000, to replace the breaker box, replace outside wire from connecting to house to meter, replacing the wire to existing outlets and switches, and includes inspection
Marquis Patton More than 1 year ago
I've used Home Advisor previously and was satisfied with the workmanship, professionalism and price. 

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