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How Much Does It Cost To Install/ Replace Electrical & Gfci Outlets?

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$198
Typical Range
$126 - $269
Low End
$75
High End
$485

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The national average to install or replace an electrical outlet is $198. A new one can cost as little as $75 or as much as $485. The project typically ranges from $126 and $269.
Each receptacle unit will cost between $3 and $50 depending on the type you need. The price of hiring an electrician will range from $40 to $100 per hour depending on the pro you choose. Some, such as GFCI-protected or 220-volt units, will cost more in both materials and labor to install than others, like a standard, 120-volt unit.

Prices by Outlet Type

The biggest factor in the price to install an electrical outlet is the type you choose, which will range from $3 to $50. Most electricians include this cost in the total project quote. If a homeowner already has materials or requires a specialty unit, an electrician will charge for installation only.

Standard 120V- $3-$22 each

Standard outlets of 120 volts are typically on the lower end of the spectrum at $3 to $5 each. These 15-amp units, in use since the 1950s, can also power 110-volt devices. The actual voltage ranges from 110-125 volts, and manufacturers build modern appliances to withstand the variations.
A standard 15-amp, 120V with two USB ports costs $13 to $22. Including USB ports in the socket allows you to plug smartphones, tablets, and other USB-powered devices directly into the wall to charge.

2-Prong vs. 3-Prong- $3-$5 each

Standard units are available with either two prongs or three. Two-prong receptacles will be at the lower end of the standard price range of $3 to $5. Three-prong versions will be on the higher end.
A two-prong outlet has a “hot” and “neutral” line only. The hot line connects to the power, and the neutral line completes the circuit. Older homes often feature 2-prong outlets.
A three-prong unit also includes a “ground” wire that connects to the earth to drain unused power. In appliances with metal casing or metal power supplies, like microwaves and computers, the metal connects directly to the ground prong on the power cord. If there is a loose wire, grounded receptacles trip a circuit breaker to shut off dangerous power and prevent electric shock. Modern homes typically features these outlets.

220V, 240V, & 250V- $10-$20 each

Standard, higher-voltage versions are also in the lower price range. In the past, electricians could offer both 220V and 240V outlets. Now, most come in at 250V.
Heavy appliances like electric clothes dryers and ovens typically require these higher-voltage units. Exact price will depend on the type of appliance and required amperage.
High 250 Voltage Outlet Pricing
AmperageOutlet TypeCost
20Straight-blade, narrow body$12 - $18
30Dryer$10 - $12
30Surface-mount dryerAbout $12
50Ranges$10 - $20

GFCI- $7-$25 each

Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) receptacles for kitchens, bathrooms, or any area near water or moisture are typically a little bit more expensive at $7 to $25 each. Exact costs depend on quality and style, because all GFCI units function the same way.
Like a standard, 3-prong outlet, a GFCI receptacle has a ground wire. Both types of units feature two vertical slots and a round hole. The left, “neutral” slot on the unit is slightly larger than the right, “hot” slot. The hole is the “ground.” When an appliance is working properly, all electricity generated flows from “hot” to “neutral.”
Unlike a standard unit, this type monitors the amount of current flowing. An imbalance of as little as 4 milliamps will trip the circuit in as little as one-thirtieth of a second.

Cable/ Coaxial Wall Plate- About $5 each

Average cost of a coaxial wall plate is about $5. A phone, television, or internet provider usually installs these, not an electrician.

Floor Outlets- $30-$50 each

Box kits run between $30 and $50 each. You may step on the receptacle or expose it to water when cleaning the floor. To ensure safety and durability, these require an approved assembly that consists of a:
  • metal box
  • gasket seal
  • special receptacle
  • durable cover plate
  • moisture-proof cover

Smart Outlets- $15-$50 each

Hardwired smart outlets range from $25 to $50 each. Some brands, like Amazon Echo and Google Home, need a separate control hub that connects the unit to the internet and/or allows voice activation. These can reduce electricity consumption and save money on electric bills.
Homeowners can buy plug-in smart models for $15 to $40 online or at big box and hardware stores. Standalone plugs, power strips, and switches offer many of the benefits of hardwired versions but can simply be inserted into existing units.
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Average Costs to Install New Electrical Outlets

A professional electrician charges an average of $55 per hour, but labor rates can range from $40 to $100 per hour. A seasoned pro can replace up to a dozen in an hour, while installing a single new one can take up to two hours. Actual rates will depend on the type of installation and the pro’s skill level.

New Construction & Whole-Home Remodels

Electricians generally charge by the receptacle for new homes or whole-home remodels instead of by the hour. The electrician will set a price for each receptacle based on labor and materials and multiply it by the total number of outlets in the home.
He/she will price installation of specialty items separately. The cost to install light fixtures and bathroom exhaust fans will include materials and labor. Price to install items provided by the homeowner will be labor only.

Adding Floor vs. Wall Outlets

Installing in the floor or ceiling allows homeowners to access electricity from the middle of a room, preventing the need to run dangerous, unsightly cords from the wall. The hourly labor rate to install these receptacles will be the same.
However, there are some factors that could increase installation costs by increasing the amount of time it takes to install. For example, concrete floors and floors over finished ceilings may be more difficult to work with than those over unfinished basements or crawl spaces. Likewise, ceilings under floors will need more care than those below attics.

Location

Certain locations in your home may require heavy-duty or GFCI units, which will cost slightly more to install due to the price of the unit itself and the necessary skill required. Refer to the GFCI section below for a list of areas requiring GFCI protection.

Dryers or Other Appliances

Heavy-duty, 250V outlets for dryers, refrigerators, air conditioners, ranges, and other appliances cost more to install than standard, 120V units. Specialty receptacles cost more up front and also take more time and expertise to install. For pricing on your specific project, consult a professional for a quote.

Existing Wiring

You will have to see if you need to install new wiring to accompany your new outlet, which will increase the price charged by an electrician. You will also need to ensure that the new unit won't draw too much power from one circuit. If it does, a new circuit is required. Your professional contractor can inspect the area and account for the additional added work needed in the project quote.

Childproofing Outlets

A common concern with electrical outlets is childproofing them for when kids will be present. This will be an added expense to the installation cost, but one that will increase safety and add to your peace of mind. The price to do this shouldn't tip the average rate of an electrician by much.
Tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles are about 50 cents more than traditional receptacles. TR units feature spring-loaded receptacle cover plates. When you apply equal pressure to both sides, the cover plates open. When you apply pressure to only one side, they remain closed, preventing children from inserting foreign objects. National code requires TR units in new construction.
Consult with an electrician to childproof your outlets
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GFCI Outlet Installation

Installing or replacing a GFCI outlet will cost about the same as putting in a standard receptacle, except for the price of the unit itself. However, electrical code requires outlets in areas of the home where water or moisture is present to be GFCI-protected. In some cases, the receptacle must run off a 20-amp circuit, which may also impact overall project cost.
GFCI Requirements
RoomCode RequirementsPotential Added Costs
BathroomOutlets need 20-amp circuitAdditional electrical panel amperage
Receptacles need GFCI protectionGFCI receptacles
KitchenAt least two, 20-amp small appliance circuits to serve countertop receptaclesAdditional electrical panel amperage
Countertop receptacles/those within 6 feet of a sink must be GFCI-protectedGFCI receptacles
Laundry RoomAt least one 20-amp circuit for shared washer/gas dryer receptacleAdditional electrical panel amperage
Electric dryers need separate 30-amp, 240-volt circuit wired with four conductorsAdditional electrical panel amperage
All receptacles need GFCI protectionGFCI receptacles
GarageNeed at least one receptacle, including one for each car spaceAdditional receptacles
All receptacles need GFCI protectionGFCI receptacles

Replacing an Outlet

Replacement and repair is usually straightforward for a licensed, experienced professional. However, factors like accessibility or the scope of work can increase the amount of time it takes to complete a project, which may impact project costs.

Replacing Wiring

In some cases, a faulty outlet may indicate a bigger overall problem with your home’s wiring. In this case, your small repair project may turn into a more involved, more expensive venture.
  • Rewiring: $540 to $2,100 – varies per project and hours needed
  • Service Panel Replacement: $1,300 to $3,000 including materials – to upgrade to a 200-amp panel for enhanced electrical needs
  • Opening walls and running wires: $3,500 to $8,000 – added cost to open and repair walls
  • Open ground: consult a pro for a quote – may be a simple fix or may require extra hours of work to locate problem

Upgrading

Upgrading can enhance safety and convenience for a homeowner. Expectant parents may consider upgrading to TR units. Owners of older homes may want to replace 2-prong receptacles with grounded, 3-prong units.
Technologically-inclined homeowners may want to incorporate smart models to manage their devices and save energy. In addition to cost considerations, you’ll want to be sure you upgrade according to code.

Changing from 2-Prong to 3

Taking your standard 2-prong outlets into the 3-prong variety is a common project. If you have a grounded fuse box, a seasoned pro can replace the outlet in about half an hour for a total cost of $20 to $50. If your electrician must ground your fuse box or upgrade your panel, price of the project will increase. Before you change anything, you should consult a professional to determine your home’s status and to provide an exact quote.

Moving an Outlet

This project can run as little as $25 or as much as $300. The type you choose will affect material costs. Condition of the walls will be the biggest cost factor when it comes to labor. Working on exposed walls without drywall or insulation takes less time and work for an electrician. Finished walls may require additional work and drywall repair, increasing the total project price. Consult your pro for an exact estimate.
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DIY vs. Hiring a Pro

If you need to install an outlet, you'll need to find a reputable, licensed electrician to do the work. Some smaller electrical jobs may seem doable on your own, but electrocution and fire are valid electrical safety hazards. A pro will also know the local codes and laws surrounding electrical work in your area. Making sure everything is up to code will save you headaches in the future and ensure your family is safe.
Electrical work and repair costs will depend on the electrician you choose. You can save some money by getting all of your electrical needs taken care of at once. Overall, putting in new outlets is an affordable job compared to other home projects.

Bundling Installations

One of the easiest ways to bring down the average rate of an electrician is to bundle a few electrical jobs at once since pros tend to charge by the hour. Determine if there are any other rooms that have been a hassle because of too few outlets and speak with your electrician before he or she arrives to your home.
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Bryan Corrigan More than 1 year ago
Taking your standard two-prong outlets into the three-prong variety is a common project, and one that should keep the cost to install an electrical outlet pretty low. what about grounding ? gfci ?
David Levy More than 1 year ago
depends on many factors is there aluminum wiring this makes the cost go up I charge 16 dollars an opening for copper or 32 for aluminum includes gfci protection were required by nec
Roslyn Spigelmire More than 1 year ago
I had two outlets installed in my laundry room. One of the outlets was fairly easy to put in. The other one had to be taken across and down behind the drywall. It cost me over $800, and the reason it was only that price was because I bought their maintence plan for $9. + a month for the next year or two.
Eric Johnson More than 1 year ago
How much does it cost to upgrade/ change an outlet from standard to a GFCI outlet in kitchen/bathrooms?  

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