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Question DetailsAsked on 11/4/2013

do electricians charge by the hour or by project/item?

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Typically , It will depend upon the project or repair to be made .

If we are rewiring a house , we will usually work under a contracted price

with exceptions made for add-on's or changes.

IF we are making a repair, perhaps locating an electrical short or changing a breaker

those repairs are normaly performed on an Hourly basis & materials .

Most Qualified & Licensed Electricians , will charge anywhere from $ 48.00-$ 98.00 PER HOUR , Depending on your location.

Answered 6 years ago by BentheBuilder


BentheBuilder is right - for contract work (new work, or major rehabs that are bid in advance and scheduled well in advance) you should always get a firm contract price up front - naturally, subject to change orders for hidden conditions that could not be anticipated in advance of opening the walls/ceilings up. This firm price type job would include new construction, additions, remodels, and upgrade work.

For "emergency" work, basically on-call, like repairing a short or outage or defective item or such, then hourly is the norm (like he said, can be as low as $40/hr and typically up to $100-125/hour, rarely up to as high as $250/hr in extreme high-cost cities with strict union control and ridiculous codes.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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