How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Handyman?


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Handyman Costs

Today’s world is full of both men and women doing the kinds of odd jobs that a “handy person” will do, but it is the term handyman most of us still use when seeking someone who can take care of that myriad list of things that always seem to get left undone around our homes.

And if you think that a general contractor and a handyman are similar, it is important to understand the wide distinctions. To make it as plain and simple as possible, it helps to know that a general contractor might hire a handyman at the end of a project in order to do some finishing touches, but that’s the extent of their interaction or overlap. The handyman is a generalist who can do all kinds of minor repairs and even more specific tasks, but they are not fully licensed experts in any one area of construction and they do not manage or oversee large projects in the way of the general contractor.

Budget for Hiring a Handyman: per hour rates.

Item Cost
Hourly jobs of one to two hours $75 per hour
Hourly jobs of two to four hours $75-$80 per hour
Hourly jobs requiring four or more hours $600 flat rate
Average hourly rate $75 per hour


Other considerations and costs

  • Generally, it is the handyman’s level of skill that dictates the hourly or flat rates they charge, so the person who has been in business for years is likely to have a much higher flat rate and hourly rate.
  • The difficulty of the project also dictates the rates required, and if there is a lot of heavy lifting, hauling, and manual labor, the hourly or flat rate is going to increase. If it is work that usually requires a licensed professional, the rates will be at the highest.
  • Take the time to find the right provider by asking around for references, and create a list of projects required at your home or property. Compare their capabilities to the list and choose accordingly.

DIY considerations

  • A handyman can erase the need to consider any sort of major projects in a DIY capacity and will usually save you money on everything from materials to the need to purchase or rent specialty tools.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
How much does it cost to hire a handyman in your city?
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Cost by city

(Average hourly rate)
  • New York, NY$120
  • Bronx, NY$99
  • Brooklyn, NY$83
  • Philadelphia, PA$103
  • Washington, DC$89
  • Atlanta, GA$81
  • Miami, FL$74
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$77
  • Minneapolis, MN$90
  • Chicago, IL$105
  • Houston, TX$109
  • San Antonio, TX$73
  • Austin, TX$83
  • Denver, CO$70
  • Phoenix, AZ$74
  • Las Vegas, NV$81
  • Los Angeles, CA$91
  • San Diego, CA$83
  • San Jose, CA$100
  • Seattle, WA$73

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