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Question DetailsAsked on 2/15/2015

What is the average hourly charge for a plumbing house call in San Francisco

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Hard to pin down an "average" for any one area - youc can find lots of info on wage rates, but overheads and profit margins vary. Plus a lot of plimbers charge partly or almost completely on flat rate for a specific job, so that mixes the picture up too.
That said, based on experience and some research, cost estimating guides and summaries, and prior comments on web here and elsewhere, it seems most people agree that Plumber (and Electrician) rates typically run in the $75-160 range for a minimum service charge which includes generally up to 1/2 hour of work (and sometimes still 1 hour, especially in small town and rural areas). Then the rate generally tends to be amount the same amount again per each additional hour - plus materials, of course. Typically in the $75-110 or lower range for most rural areas and the South except major cities and much of Midwest, more like $125-160 in most cities, and $150-175 in major cities. In a few very high-priced high-cost urban areas like West LA, Frisco, Boston, NYC and NYC suburbs in CT and NJ, I have seen prices at high as $200-300/hour and minimum charges in the same range. In your area I would expect $150 range - higher in the south peninsula and pricey part of silicon valley areas.

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