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Electrician Costs

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There are many types of jobs that will require the assistance of a licensed electrical contractor. The cost to hire an electrician depends on the work that you need to be done, the labor rates in your area, and the age or state of the current wiring in your home.

Whether or not your existing wiring is up to code will impact the price that you pay for electrical work. If old wiring does not meet current building codes, electricians will be required to remove all outdated wiring and fixtures and replace everything. The type of job being done may also impact what you pay, depending on the electrician that you hire. Many electricians will charge flat rates or linear footage rates for certain installation services. If they do this, make sure that they also provide you with a cost breakdown so that you know what you are paying for.

Electrician: all costs listed include installation and materials, based on a 200 square foot addition for cost estimating purposes.

Project Cost
New Wiring Installation $1,200-$18,000
Upgrade electrical circuit $1,300-$3,000
Outlet installation $200-$750
Light switches $125
Recessed lighting $780
Phone and telephone jack installation $660-$700
Home Automation $5,000-$9,000
Generator installation $2,000-$10,000
Computer networks and wireless installations $1,300 to $1,800
Basic light fixture installations $80-$200
Ground rod installation $2,500
Breakers and electrical panel installation $100-$1,500
Labor per hour $42-$85

Other considerations and costs

  • In order to keep your meter compatible with your new electrical work, you may also need to upgrade your meter sockets. This can cost an additional $400-$600 per socket installation.
  • Upgraded electrical panels are necessary if you are replacing outdated wiring. Not only will this improve the safety and function of the system, but it will provide your home with the power capacity that it needs.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included in this estimate.
  • If you have a larger space or more outlets and switches to install, your electrical work will be on the high end of the listed price ranges.

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DIY considerations

  • Electrical work is never something that you should do on your own. You could be electrocuted, install wiring improperly and create a fire hazard, or even void your home insurance policy.
  • You may be able to assist with some of the prep and finish work to cut down your labor costs. Ask your electrician about this at the time of the estimate.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

(per hour)
  • New York, NY$103
  • Bronx, NY$84
  • Brooklyn, NY$70
  • Philadelphia, PA$88
  • Washington, DC$76
  • Atlanta, GA$69
  • Miami, FL$63
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$66
  • Minneapolis, MN$77
  • Chicago, IL$90
  • Houston, TX$93
  • San Antonio, TX$62
  • Austin, TX$70
  • Denver, CO$59
  • Phoenix, AZ$63
  • Las Vegas, NV$69
  • Los Angeles, CA$78
  • San Diego, CA$70
  • San Jose, CA$85
  • Seattle, WA$62

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