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    LQ
    SAN DIEGO, CA·

    electrical

    "Obed Hernandez was very friendly and helpful. He has some good solutions for unusual situations and was willing to answer unrelated electrical questions. I would hire him again without hesitation."

    Gayle G. in April 2024

    VOLTA ELECTRIC Logo
    Imperial Beach, CA·

    Panel Upgrades, Electrical New Construction, Residential & Commercial

    "They were really professional, and they did a really good job."

    William A. in November 2023

    AE
    Escondido, CA·

    Troubleshooting, Lighting Design, Panel Upgrades

    "Al contacted me immediately regarding installation of an electric vehicle charging station. That same day, he personally surveyed the worksite and provided very reasonable quotes for all options - after clearly explaining each of them in detail. After I accepted his quote for my preferred option, Al and his electrician accomplished the installation in an exceptionally professional manner. I now have a â go toâ electrician who is second to none."

    Mike J. in July 2021

    Burgin Brothers Electric, Inc. Logo
    Santee, CA·

    Troubleshooting, Electrical Switches, Outlets & Fixtures - Install or Repair, Electrical Wiring or Panel Upgrade , and 1 more

    "First rate service from start to finish. So refreshing to feel so taken care of!!!"

    Pamela M. in September 2017

    HS
    San Diego, CA·

    Electrical, Spanish Speaking

    "Gilbert was Incredible. Do hire this man if you want superior and timely service, Gilbert is communicative and a super electrician."

    Allison B. in May 2021

    SO
    Temecula, CA·

    Electrical Additions, Electrical Service, Interior/Exterior LED Lighting , and 2 more

    "Awesome thanks so much"

    Otis W. in February 2024

    WE
    Escondido, CA·

    Lighting Design Specialist, Ceiling / Bath Exhaust Fan - Install, Older homes--rewiring , and 2 more

    "Five Stars to Walter Electric for a recent project at our home! We worked with Keith and were so impressed with his responsiveness, efficiency and professionalism. We had received a bid from another electrician that was more than twice the amount Walter Electric charged us. The project turned out beautifully, and we really appreciated Keith's thoroughness and attention to detail. Sometimes we are hesitant about recommending services to our friends and famly, but we will happily recommend Walter Electric to any and all. Great job!!"

    Kathy K. in December 2014

    TE

    In business since 2020

    About us: "With about 10 years in the business, We pride ourselves on our professionalism, as well as our ability to complete every job to the homeowner's total satisfaction. We never leave a job unfinished, or a homeowner not 100% satisfied with our level of service - Call today!"

    ME

    In business since 2020

    Canyon Lake, CA·

    Electrical, Ev Chargers, Electrical , and 1 more

    About us: "We can take on a wide range of residential and commercial electrical projects to include full installation for additions and remodels as well as wiring/panel upgrades, and a variety of other projects. We take pride in the quality of our work and our commitment to outstanding results. We look forward to building strong, long-term relationships with our clients and guarantee your satisfaction."

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How much do electrical installation & rough-in contractors typically cost?

  • San Diego, California Average
    $1,519
  • Typical Range
    $738 - $2,417
  • Low End - High End
    $125 - $5,000

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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San Diego Electricians are rated 4.9 out of 5 based on 135 reviews of 135 pros.

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