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Question DetailsAsked on 5/31/2017

How much do electricians charge per hour in Austin Texas

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According to a number of website advertised prices, and several city-by-city pricing guides, for residential work $65-95/hour, for commercial work (Journeyman or Master electrician level required) $75-105/hour.

Many will probably have a minimum trip charge of about $75-100 or perhaps a bit less, which will include up toi 1/2 or 1 hour of time on the job. Be sure to ask - in our area the a lot of the shiftier plumbers and electrician have started charging the same service charge for a visit as the area standard but only include 1/4 or 1/2 hour of work in that amount, not the previously standard hour.

Also, many now include travel time from where they are to your place in that time, which depending on where they are when they leave do go to your jobsite may or may not significantly reduce the time on-site before they start charging additional time at the hourly rate. Some of the slimier ones in various areas are also going to counting time by the hour - so if they spend say 65 minutes on your job (whcih may or may include travel time) they will charge you 2 hours instead of 1-1/4 or even one.

In the old days vendors generally ignored a couple of minutes over, or rounded off to the nearest 1/4 hour - those days are vanishing with many vendors. I have even heard of 2 hour minimum charges (at 50-200% higher rate than normal work days) for night/weekend callouts, so be sure to check in advance (preferably on the service order or invoice they start on your job) what the service call and hourly rates are, how much work time the initial service call charge covers, and what time increment used is for billing additional time.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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